Vikings rally to tie Western New Mexico for first at Grand Canyon Invitational
Sept. 28, 2010
GOODYEAR, Arizona - With two players posting birdies on the final hole, Western Washington University rallied to tie Western New Mexico for the team title at the Grand Canyon University Fall Invitational Women's Golf Tournament which ended Tuesday at the Coldwater Creek Golf Club.
The Vikings, ranked No.18 in the Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25, shot 296 Tuesday to finish with a 36-hole total of 591. That tied them with Western New Mexico, which led by three strokes after Monday's first round and shot a final-round 299. Host Grand Canyon finished third in the 18-team tourney at 597 (295).
Western's Sophie Elstrott (Jr., Eugene, OR/South Eugene) shot an even par 72 to move up one spot and tie for second at 1-under 143 with WNMU's Glynnis Price (73). They finished two strokes behind medalist Adriana Niclotti from Cal Baptist, who fired a 3-under 69 for a 141 total.
The Viking's Alexandria Taylor (Jr., Sammamish/Eastlake) tied for sixth at 146 (73) and Kara Zitzman (So., Woodinville/Redmond) tied for 12th at 150 (77). Claire Rachor (So., Bellingham) shot a final-round 74 to tie for 20th at 153, and Katie Sharpe (Sr., Bellingham) tied for 39th at 157 (79).
"Everybody played pretty solid," said Western coach Bo Stephan. "Our final two players, Kara (Zitzman) and Sophie (Elstrott), both birdied 18 for us to tie it. That was a good way to end it."
Western next competes at the Saint Martin's Invitational on Oct. 4-5 at the Olympia Country Club.
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