Oct. 5, 2013
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) moved up four spots to tie for ninth in medalist play as Western Washington University placed third among eight teams at the Saint Martin's University Women's Golf Invitational Tournament which ended Saturday at the Olympia Golf and Country Club.
The Vikings shot 319, seven strokes better than Friday's first round, to finish with a 36-hole total of 645.
British Columbia, which entered the final day with an eight-shot advantage, hung on for a three-stroke victory at 624 (316). Hawaii Hilo cut five strokes off the lead, shooting 311, for a 627 total and second place.
Hansen shot a 6-over par 78, WWU's best round of the tourney, to finish in a three-way tie for ninth at 158. She also led the Vikings in their season opener last week, placing third at the Western New Mexico Invitational.
WWU's Audrey Orem (Fr., Bellingham) tied for 14th at 161 (80), Anna Bourland (Jr., Bainbridge) tied for 19th at 164 (82) with teammate Emily Koryto (So., East Lansing, MI), who shot 79; and Brooke Branigan (Fr., Bellingham) tied for 24th at 166 (83).
Hawaii Hilo's Kristen Sawada, who was tied for third after the first round, tied for the best round of the tournament, shooting 74, to take medalist honors by two strokes at 150. First-day leader Samantha Miller (78) from Northwest Nazarene finished second.
Just five strokes separated the top seven finishers.
WWU hosts its 20th Viking Invitational on Monday (9 a.m.) and Tuesday (9 a.m.) at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
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