May 14, 2008
HOUSTON, Texas -
Western Washington University held its position in second-round play Wednesday and is tied for fourth place at the NCAA Division II Women's Golf National Championships being played at the Memorial Park Golf Course.
The Vikings shot an 18-over par 306 and are tied with Grand Valley State MI (296) at 34-over 610 through two rounds in the eight-team field.
The top three teams remained unchanged. Nova Southeastern FL continues to lead at 11-over 587, opening up a seven-shot advantage over second-place Rollins FL (301) by shooting the best round of the day with a 7-over 295. Ferris State MI remains third, 17 shots off the lead and just six strokes ahead of Western at 28-over 604 (308).
The Vikings are led in medalist play by Breanna Carmichael (So., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep), who is tied for 11th at 6-over 150, after shooting a 76. Kaitlin Parker (Jr., Burlington/Marysville-Pilchuck) also shot a 76 and is tied for 15th at 7-over 151.
Catherine Kim (Sr., Bellevue/Skyline) had Western's best round with a 3-over 75, and is tied for 18th at 152. Allison Gillette (Sr., Seattle/Ballard) is tied for 30th at 157 after shooting a 79, and Lianne Matkin (So., Spokane/Northwest Christian) had an 82 and is tied for 41st at 163.
First-round co-leader Heather Burgner of Florida Southern remained tied for the medalist lead at even-par 144 following a 2-over 74. She is joined by Joanna Coe of Rollins, who shot 73, and Taylor Collins of Nova Southeastern, who was the only player to shoot below par with a 70.
It is the fourth national appearance as a NCAA member for Western, which placed fifth in each of its three previous trips. It is the sixth national tourney overall for the Vikings, who placed eighth at the NAIA Championships in 1998 and 10th in 1997.