WWU holds six-stroke lead after first round at WNMU Invitational

Kristen Hansen

Sept. 23, 2013

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PHOENIX, Ari. - Western Washington University holds a six-stroke lead heading into Tuesday's final round at the Western New Mexico University Women's Golf Invitational being played at the Coldwater Golf Course.

The Vikings, making their season debut, shot 302 to top the 18-team field. Northeastern State OK and Oklahoma Christian are tied for second at 308, with Academy of Art fourth at 314 and Cal State Monterey Bay fifth at 318.

"It was a good start for us," said WWU coach Bo Stephan (7th year). "We played very well, it was fun to watch.

The Vikings' Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) shot a 2-under par 70 to lead the medalist standings by three strokes over teammate Anna Bourland (Jr., Bainbridge), who was second.

"Kristen made it look easy and Anna was a par machine," Stephan said. "Every time I looked up, one or the other had a birdie putt opportunity."

Two freshmen making their collegiate debuts for WWU were Audrey Orem (Fr., Bellingham) and Brooke Branigan (Fr., Bellingham). Orem shot 79 and is tied for 26th and Branigan shot 80 and is tied for 32nd.

The Vikings' Emily Koryto (So., East Lansing, MI) shot 83 and is tied for 50th.