April 10, 2014
Maintaining her spot atop the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's golf leader board, Western Washington sophomore Kristen Hansen has helped the Vikings to an average round of 318.3 with her personal conference-high average of 77.5 this season.
Three of Hansen's teammates are also in the top-10 in the GNAC, with junior Anna Bourland checking in at No. 3 with an average score of 79.3. Audrey Orem (81.1) and Brook Branigan (81.6) rank No. 7 and No. 10, respectively.
Close behind Hansen in second place in the GNAC is another sophomore, Jennifer Liedes of Saint Martin's. Over 13 rounds this season, Liedes is averaging a score of 78.2 to pace the Saints. Mandy Wittmier is also in the top-10 for SMU, checking in at No. 6 with an average of 80.3. The duo has helped the Saints to a GNAC third-best team average of 326.4.
Western Washington and Saint Martin's will each participate in the Tarleton State Doc Housewright Invitational beginning Monday at Harbor Lakes Golf Club in Granbury, Texas. The two-day event will serve as the final rounds for the Vikings and Saints before the GNAC Championships on April 21-22 at the Coeur d'Alene Resort in Idaho.
Montana State Billings is currently second in the conference with an average team score of 323.6, with Katie Fish checking in at No. 4 individually at 80.1. Capri Ingram and Melissa Saken are also in the top-10 for the `Jackets, tied for eighth with an average of 81.4.
Northwest Nazarene freshman Sam Miller has had a big first season, as she currently ranks fifth in the conference with an average round score of 80.3. As a team, the Crusaders are No. 4 with an average score of 340.2.
In fifth place, Simon Fraser is averaging a team score of 352.4 this season. Nicky Jordan has been the top golfer for the Clan, averaging a single round of 83.1.
April Schedule: 14-15 - SMU and WWU at Tarleton State Doc Housewright Invitational, Harbor Lakes Golf Club, Granbury, Texas. 21-22 - MSUB, NNU, SMU, SFU, and WWU at GNAC Championships, Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.