WWU ties best finish of young season, places third at 20th Viking Invitational
Oct. 8, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University tied its best finish of the young season, placing third among 12 teams at the 20th Viking Women's Golf Invitational which ended Tuesday at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
The Vikings shot 320 for a 36-hole total of 633.
British Columbia won its second straight tournament with a score of 614 (310), 13 strokes better than runner-up and defending champion Hawaii Hilo (316=627). UBC, which shot 304 Monday, the best round of the tourney, took top honors at the Saint Martin's Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
"I'm still waiting for that round where they put everything together," said WWU coach Bo Stephan (7th year). "Our best is still to come."
Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) again had the Vikings' best finish, tying for sixth at 7-over par 153 (78). She has led WWU with top 10 finishes in all three tournaments this season, placing third at the Western New Mexico Invitational and tying for ninth at the Saint Martin's Invitational.
UBC players finished one-two in medalist play. Stephanie Wong took top honors at 1-over 147 (76), one stroke better than Kat Kennedy at 148 (75). Tied for third at 151 were Saint Martin's Jennifer Liedes (80) and Academy of Art's Crystal Wang (73).
The Vikings take a week off from competition before closing out the fall portion of their schedule on Oct. 21-22 at the Sonoma State Invitational.
Women's Golf: Even Field After Early Fall Play
PORTLAND, Ore. - The fall 2013 women's golf season winds down as four GNAC schools have a final tournament before resuming play in the Spring of 2014.
Northwest Nazarene crosses the border to participate in the University of Victoria Shootout in Victoria, B.C., from Oct. 14-15.
Western Washington heads to Rohnert Park, Calif., on Oct. 21 for the two-day Sonoma State Invitational.
Simon Fraser and Saint Martin's will be the final GNAC schools on the course in 2013 competition, traveling to Hawaii as the Clan participates in the Hawaii Hilo Invitational, while the Saints tee off in the Dennis Rose Invitational, both on Oct. 28-29.
Montana State Billings wrapped up its fall 2013 slate with the final round of match play against Rocky Mountain College on Oct. 10.
Western Washington finished in third place in both major tournaments this week, posting a team score of 645 (326-319) at the Saint Martin's Invite on Oct. 4-5, and following with a 633 (313-320) at its own invitational on Oct. 7-8.
Saint Martin's finished directly behind WWU in both tournaments, logging a score of 653 (330-323) at its invitational and improving to a 638 (317-321) at the WWU Invite.
Northwest Nazarene and Simon Fraser saw less success as a team in the two tournaments against GNAC opponents, as the schools finished seventh and eighth at the SMU Invite and 11th and 12th at the WWU Invite, respectively.
Despite NNU's high team scores of 676 (340-336) and 668 (329-339) last week, freshman Samantha Miller (Fr., Hillsboro, OR - Hillsboro) gave the Crusaders something to smile about.
Miller kicked off her collegiate career by shooting a 152 (74-78) at the SMU Invite, which was good enough for second place. The two-round total was just two strokes off of the pace set by the tournament champion, and Miller followed her performance with a 156 (77-79) at the WWU Invite. Miller was named GNAC Female Golfer of the Week for the period ending Oct. 6 for her efforts.
Right on Miller's heels was Mandy Wittmier (Sr., Ferndale, WA - Ferndale) of Saint Martin's, who finished third at the SMU Invite with a score of 153 (77-76). The senior followed Miller's lead at the WWU Invite, as the two tied for eighth, Wittmier also posting a 156 (79-77).
Another standout for SMU was Jennifer Liedes (So., Olympia, WA - Olympia), whose tournament-low round of 71 on the first day of the WWU Invite helped her to a two-day total of 151 and a tie for third place.
Kristin Hansen (So., Spokane, WA - Mead) of WWU was the third GNAC golfer to post a pair of top-10 finishes this week, shooting a 158 (80-78) at the SMU Invite for ninth place, and a 153 (75-78) at the Vikings' Invitational to tie for sixth on the leader board.
While the other four GNAC schools competed with one another, Montana State Billings remained in its home state to participate in the Rocky Mountain Invitational from Sept. 29-30. The Yellowjackets finished third as a team, shooting a 948 (311-322-315).
MSU Billings' top-10 finishers included the Fish twins - Cayley and Katie - who finished with nearly identical scores of 232 (75-78-79) and 233 (766-77-80), respectively. Capri Ingram (Sr., Livingston, MT - Park Senior) landed in a tie for 10th, posting a three-round total of 235 (78-81-76).
Miller and Haley Gochnour (So., Boise, ID - Cole Valley Christian) each posted a score of 77 in the first round of the WWU Invite, which helped NNU to a school-record low round score of 329...Liedes' mark of 71 was the lowest single round score in Saint Martin's school history...Hansen's first-round score of 75 at the WWU Invite was the third-lowest GNAC total of the week, behind Miller's 74 in her first-ever collegiate round at the SMU Invite, and Liedes' 71...the top four GNAC individuals in scoring average thus far are all from different schools. FALL SCHEDULE: October - 10: MSUB vs RMC Match Play Round 2. 14-15: NNU at University of Victoria Invitational. 21-22: WWU at Sonoma State Invitational. 28-29: SFU & SMU at Dennis Rose Invitational.
Victoria Invitational GNAC Records
36-Hole Total - 159, Nicky Jordan, SFU, 83-76 (Oct. 22-23, 2012). Single Round - 76, Nicky Jordan, SFU (Oct. 23, 2012). 36-Hole Total, Team - 669, Simon Fraser, 341-328 (Oct. 22-23, 2012). Single Round, Team - 328, Simon Fraser (Oct. 23, 2012).
Sonoma State Invite GNAC Records
36-Hole Total - 148, Claire Rachor, WWU, 73-75 (Oct. 24-25, 2011). 54-Hole Total - 223, Katie Sharpe, WWU, 73-76-74 (Sept. 19-21, 2010). Single Round - 71, Sophie Elstrott, WWU, twice (Sept. 19, 2010 & Oct. 24, 2011). 36-Hole Total, Team - 613, WWU, 299-314 (Oct. 24-25, 2011). 54-Hole Total, Team - 915, Western Washington, 304-309-302 (Sept. 19-21, 2010). Single Round, Team - 299, Western Washington (Oct. 24, 2011).
Dennis Rose Invitational GNAC Records
54-Hole Total - 223, Kimberly Vivian, SMU, 76-70-77 (Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2011). Single Round - 70, Kimberly Vivian, SMU (Oct. 31, 2011). 54-Hole Total, Team - 948, SMU, 314-317-317 (Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2011). Single Round, Team - 314, SMU (Oct. 31, 2011).
2013 RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sept. 9-15 - Katie Fish, MSUB. Sept. 23-30 - Kristen Hansen, WWU. Oct. 1 - 6 - Samantha Miller, NNU.
Rocky Mountain College Invitational (Sept. 29-30 at Peter Yegen Golf Course, Billings, MT): Team Scores - 1. Rocky Mountain College 923 (307-307-309) 3. Montana State Billings 948 (311-322-315) 6. MSU Billings - B 1063 (350-357-356). Individuals (Top 30) - 1. Heather Bruce, Lewis-Clark State 224 (78-72-74) 6. Cayley Fish, MSUB 232 (75-78-79) 7. Katie Fish, MSUB 233 (76-77-80) T-10. Capri Ingram, MSUB 235 (78-81-76) T-12. Mariah Cleveland, MSUB 237 (78-80-79) 19. Melissa Saken, MSUB 243 (79-84-80) 21. BreAnna Cameron, MSUB 252 (84-88-80) 22. Haley Shackelford, MSUB-B 253 (77-89-87) 23. Carlan Campbell, MSUB-B 254 (87-80-87).
Saint Martin's Invitational (Oct. 4-5, 2013 at Tumwater Valley GC, Olympia, WA): Team Scores - 1. University of British Columbia 624 (308-316) 3. Western Washington 645 (326-319) 4. Saint Martin's 653 (330-323) 7. Northwest Nazarene 676 (340-336) 8. Simon Fraser 718 (359-359). Individuals (Top 30) - 1. Kristen Sawada, Hawaii-Hilo 150 (76-74) 2. Sam Miller, NNU 152 (74-78) 3. Mandy Wittmier, SMU 153 (77-76) T-9. Kristen Hansen, WWU 158 (80-78) T-14. Jessica Knight, NNU 161 (78-83) T-14. Audrey Orem, WWU 161 (81-80) T-17. Grace Dyer, SMU 163 (75-88) T-19. Anna Bourland, WWU 164 (82-82) T-19. Emily Koryto, WWU 164 (85-79) T-21. Jennifer Liedes, SMU 165 (87-78) T-24. Brooke Branigan, WWU 166 (83-83) T-24. Haley Gochnour, NNU 166 (86-80) T-28. Nicky Jordan, SFU 169 (84-85).
Western Washington Invitational (Oct. 7-8, 2013 at Bellingham Golf & CC, Bellingham, WA): Team Scores - 1. University of British Columbia 614 (304-310) 3. Western Washington 633 (313-320) 4. Saint Martin's 638 (317-321) 11. Northwest Nazarene 668 (329-339) 12. Simon Fraser 706 (352-354). Individuals (Top 30) - 1. Stephanie Wong, UBC 147 (71-76) T-3. Jennifer Liedes, SMU 151 (71-80) T-6. Kristen Hansen, WWU 153 (75-78) T-8. Sam Miller, NNU 156 (77-79) T-8. Mandy Wittmier, SMU 156 (79-77) T-14. Anna Bourland, WWU 158 (79-79) T-22. Brooke Branigan, WWU 161 (79-82) T-22. Audrey Orem, WWU 161 (80-81) T-29. Haley Gochnour, NNU 162 (77-85) T-29. Nicky Jordan, SFU 162 (81-81).
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