Western leads by eight shots after first day at GNAC Championships
April 18, 2011
COEUR D'ALENE, Id. - Western Washington University's Sophie Elstrott (Jr., Eugene, OR/South Eugene) holds a three stroke lead in medalist play and the Vikings have an eight shot advantage in the team standings after Monday's opening round of the first Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships being played at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course.
The second and final round of the 36-hole event takes place Tuesday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Western shot 316 on an opening day that was marked by rain, snow, sleet and wind. Saint Martin's is eight strokes back at 324. Completing the four-team field are Montana State Billings (327) and Simon Fraser (381).
"The weather dictated the entire day," said Western coach Bo Stephan (6th year). "The snow and wind was tough to deal with and it was hard to stay focused."
Elstrott, who entered as the GNAC's leader in stroke average, shot a 4-over 75 with birdies on two of the last four holes, to top the leader board. Two Saint Martin's players, Karly Olsen and Jennifer Kent, are tied for second, each shooting 78.
Western's Kara Zitzman (So., Woodinville/Redmond) shot 79 and is tied for fourth. Teammates Claire Rachor (So., Bellingham) and Katie Sharpe (Sr., Bellingham) are tied for seventh with rounds of 81, and Christa Goldie (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) is 11th after shooting 84.
The Vikings are ranked No.5 in the latest Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association Top 25.
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