May 13, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas -
Breanna Carmichael (So., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) shot a 2-over par 74, helping Western Washington University grab fourth place after the opening-day action Tuesday at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf National Championships being played at the Memorial Golf Course.
The Vikings shot a 16-over par 304 to open the four-day, 72-hole event. Nova Southeastern FL leads the tournament after the first round with a 4-over 292. Rollins FL is one shot back at 293, and Ferris State MI is third in the eight-team field at 296.
Western is nine shots ahead of fifth-place Tarleton State TX. Tarleton State won the West Regional, with the Vikings second.
"I'm definitely optimistic for the rest of the tournament," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "There's a lot of room for improvement, although we didn't have a bad day."
Carmichael is tied for eighth after the opening round, four shots back of co-leaders Heather Burgner of Florida Southern and Fredrika Hakansson of Nova Southeastern, who each had 2-under 70s.
Western's Kaitlin Parker (Jr., Burlington/Marysville-Pilchuck) is tied for 13th after shooting 75. Catherine Kim (Sr., Bellevue/Skyline) is tied for 23rd at 77, Allison Gillette (Sr., Seattle/Ballard) is tied for 28th with a 78, and Lianne Matkin (So., Spokane/Northwest Christian) is tied for 38th at 81.
It is the fourth national appearance as a NCAA member for Western, which has placed fifth in each of its three previous trips.
It is the sixth national trip overall for Western, which placed eighth at the NAIA Championships in 1998 and 10th in 1997.