Feb. 10, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Beginning the spring portion of its schedule, the Western Washington University women's golf team is tied for sixth in a field of 17 schools at the Super San Diego Championship that began Monday at the Riverwalk Golf Course.
Final-round action Tuesday begins at 8 a.m.
The Vikings shot a first-round 324 and are tied with Cal State East Bay. Host Point Loma Nazarene is the leader at 308, seven strokes better than Lee (315). Cal Baptist is third at 317 and tied for fourth at 322 are Academy of Art and Dixie State.
Two WWU players, Kristen Hansen (So., Spokane/Mead) and Audrey Orem (Fr., Bellingham), are in a three-way tie for 11th in medalist play. They each carded a 6-over par 78.
Hansen is seeking her fifth top 10 finish in as many outings this season.
"It's not an excuse, but the weather (in Bellingham) last week made this a challenge for us," said WWU coach Bo Stephan. "We hadn't hit a putt on a real green for six days."
The Vikings' Anna Bourland (Jr., Bainbridge) shot 80 and is 20th. Emily Koryto (So., East Lansing, MI) is 64th after shooting 88 and Brooke Branigan (Fr., Bellingham) is 70th with an 89.
Three players are tied for the medalist lead at 3-over 75. They include Mariah Fuller from Point Loma, Courtney Shelton from Lee and Marvi Monsalve from Cal Baptist.