May 4, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. -
Western Washington University's Kaitlin Parker (Jr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck) and Christa Goldie (So., Mukilteo/Kamiak) are both among the top 10 in medalist play and the Vikings are in a three-way tie for second in the team standings, just six strokes off the lead, following first-day action Monday at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf West Super Regional being held at the Ironwood Golf and Country Club.
The top three teams in the three-day, 54-hole event qualify for the NCAA II National Tournament on May 13-16 at Findlay, Ohio.
The Vikings shot 324 on the 6,053-yard course and are tied with West Texas A&M and Cal State Monterey Bay for second, behind leader Tarleton State TX, which shot 318.
Just six shots separate the second through eighth place teams. St. Edward's TX is fifth (325), Chico State sixth (327), Nebraska-Omaha seventh (328) and Central Oklahoma eighth (330).
"I thought the golf course played a lot tougher today than it did yesterday during our practice round," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "There was a little more wind today.
"I felt for the most part that we played well. We made some little mistakes, let some shots slip that we don't usually let slip, but I'm glad with where we're at."
Parker shot a 5-over par 77 and is in a three-way tie for second, four shots behind the leader. Goldie shot a 6-over 78 and is in a three-way tie for sixth.
"They played solid throughout the day," Stephan said. "Kaitlin got off to a great start and Christa just plugged along. It was good to have them to fall back on because everyone else kind of struggled a little bit."
Angelo State's Raelyn Smith tops the medalist standings at 1-over 73, and Carla Cooper from Tarleton State is second at 2-over 74.
Western's Breanna Carmichael (Jr., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) is tied for 26th at 84, Sophie Elstrott (Fr., Eugene, OR/South Eugene) is tied for 32nd at 85 and Lianne Matkin (Jr., Spokane/Northwest Christian) is tied for 43rd at 87.
"Tomorrow will be a big day as far as positioning for the final round," said Stephan.