Western ends regular season with win at NDNU West Coast Invitational
April 21, 2009
BRENTWOOD, Calif. - Kaitlin Parker (Jr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) took medalist honors by four strokes and Christa Goldie (So., Mukilteo/Kamiak) tied for second in leading the Western Washington University women's golf team to a seven-stroke victory at the Notre Dame de Namur University West Coast Invitational which ended Tuesday at the Roddy Ranch Golf Course.
The Vikings shot 303, the best round of the tournament, for a 36-hole total of 616. Cal State Monterey Bay placed second (623) in the eight-team field and Saint Martin's was third (633).
It was the third team title of the campaign for Western, which entered the final round with a five-stroke advantage.
"I'm estatic," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "I felt that we needed to win this to be assured of a spot at regionals, but I also felt that we just needed to play better and we did."
"I liked their focus today. There were no thoughts of just hanging on, but rather of playing their best and letting it all hang out."
Parker shot a final-round 1-over par 73, the lowest score of the tourney, to finish at 4-over 148. It was her second title of the season and fifth top three finish.
Tied for second at 152 were Goldie (76) and Saint Martin's Amy Dalzell (78).
"Kaitlin didn't hit the ball great today, but she didn't make any mistakes," Stephan said. "She really did a good job of grinding it out."
Western's Sophie Elstrott (Fr., Eugene, OR/South Eugene) tied for eighth at 156 (77), Breanna Carmichael (Jr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) tied for 16th at 160 (77) and Lianne Matkin (Jr., Spokane/Northwest Christian) tied for 23rd at 167 (83).
The Vikings are expected to get a bid to play in the NCAA Division II West Regional on May 4-6 at the Ironwood Golf and Country Club in Omaha, Neb.
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