April 23, 2013
COEUR D'ALENE, Id. -
Two Western Washington University seniors, Kara Zitzman (Woodinville/Redmond) and Claire Rachor (Bellingham) ended their four-year careers on a high note, placing one-two in medalist play in leading the Vikings to a 46-stroke victory and a third straight title at the Third Annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship which ended Tuesday, Apr. 23, at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Course.
The Vikings shot 314 for a winning score of 625 in the 36-hole, four-team event. Saint Martin's placed second for the third consecutive season at 671 (336), followed by Montana State Billings (329=673) and Simon Fraser (364=729).
Zitzman shot 5-over par 76, the best round of the day, for a 151 total. That was two strokes better than Rachor, who finished two strokes back at 153 (80).
Rachor, who entered the tourney as the conference scoring leader, was last year's tourney medalist. She held a two-stroke lead after Monday's opening round.
"These were two very special young women and I'm going to miss not having them on the team," said WWU coach Bo Stephan. "Kara played very solid and had a good finish, and Claire just had a couple of bad holes. It was cool having them finish one-two."
WWU's Anna Bourland (So., Bainbridge) placed fourth at 159 (77) and Kristen Hansen (Fr., Spokane/Mead) tied for sixth at 162 (81).
"I'm really proud of this team," Stephan said. "The golf season can get a little long at times, but in this instance I wish that it was going a little longer."
Emily Koryto (R-Fr., East Lansing, MI) shot 89 for the Vikings and tied for 14th at 179.
WWU's victory margin was the largest of their three championships. They won by 19 shots in 2012 and 28 in 2011.