Western second after first round at Chico State Invitational
April 11, 2005
CHICO, Calif. - Trailing by 10 strokes after Monday's first round, the nationally ranked Western Washington University women's golf team needs another strong finish to win its fourth straight title at the Chico State Invitational Tournament being played at the Butte Creek Golf and Country Club. The final round begins Tuesday at 9 a.m.
The Vikings, ranked No.11 nationally in the National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA II Top 25, shot an opening-round 328 and are second in the eight-team tourney.
Host Chico State leads at 318, with Cal State Monterey Bay third (329), just one stroke behind Western, and Hawaii-Hilo fourth at 334.
"We didn't hit greens and couldn't get it up-and-down today," said Western assistant coach Bo Stephan. "This team usually starts out slow, but I expect us to bounce back strong again. We're not out of this thing."
Katja Trygg (Jr., Bainbridge Island) led the Vikings with a 7-over-par 79 and is tied for seventh in medalist play. Candice Wagner (Jr., Milton/Fife) is tied for 11th at 81, Katie Bender (So., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) is 13th at 82, and Kate Menlove (Sr., Bellevue/Interlake) is tied for 18th at 86. Completing Western's scores was Jennifer Noland (Fr., Kennewick/Southridge), who shot a 95.
Tied for the individual lead are Alison Sahli from Cal State Monterey Bay and Jennifer Van Dyke from Notre Dame de Namur, each shooting 76.
Western has won three team titles this season, taking top honors in its last outing at the Grand Canyon Invitational on March 28-29.
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