Oct. 12, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Katja Trygg (Jr., Bainbridge Island/Bainbridge) took medalist honors for the second straight year, helping Western Washington University overcome a one-shot first-day deficit to claim its third consecutive victory at the Viking Invitational Women's Golf Tournament which ended Tuesday at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
It was the second straight tourney title for Western, which won at the Grand Canyon Fall Invitational on Sept. 27-28. Trygg also won the individual crown at the GCU tourney.
The Vikings, rated No.15 in the latest Golfstat/NCAA Division II ratings, finished with a tourney-best round of 309 for a 54-hole total of 943. That was six strokes better than No.2-ranked Central Oklahoma (949), which led by two strokes after the first round and by one following the second. The Bronchos shot 316 on Tuesday.
"We started out rough on Monday, so I am extremely proud of the way we played today," said Western coach Dean Russell. "We've had a strong fall and to win this tournament gives our team a lot of credibility."
"We didn't lose focus against all of these ranked teams and we proved ourselves."
St. Mary's TX, ranked No.6 nationally, was third in the 10-team field at 959 (322), and No.18 Northeastern State OK was fourth at 970 (320).
Trygg, who led after each round, finished with an even par 73 for a tourney-record total of 1-over 220. That was seven strokes better than runner-up Kiilani Matsuyoshi (74) from Hawaii-Hilo. Central Oklahoma's Ashley Kelley was third at 231 (78).
"I just wanted to play well and help the team out," Trygg said. "The field was so strong that it just feels awesome to beat these teams."
The Vikings' Kate Menlove (Sr., Bellevue/Interlake) shot 77 to finish ninth at 238. Katie Bender (So., Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep) placed 17th at 242 (80), Candice Wagner (Milton/Fife) tied for 18th at 243 (79) and Jennifer Noland (Fr., Kennewick/Southridge) tied for 38th at 267 (88).
Monday's second round was suspended because of darkness and 15 players finished their rounds Tuesday morning.
Western closes out the fall portion of its schedule on Oct. 25 and 26, competing in the Cal State Monterey Bay Invitational at Seaside, Calif