Zajicek Holes NWC Award for Women's Golf

News Release Date:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College sophomore Katie Zajicek, who snared medalist honors in leading the women's golf team to a big win at its own invitational, has been named a Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week.

Katie Zajicek: Medalist,
Whitman Invitational

Zajicek, a team captain, fired a 2-over par 74 in Saturday's opening round at Veterans Memorial as Whitman carded a 313 team score, moving 15 strokes in front of its nearest competitor.

She made bogey on the first and last holes but played the rest of the first round in even par, thanks in part to birdies on two par-5 holes.

Whitman's first-round team score (top four golfers) set a new school record for the Missionary women's golf program.

Sunday's closing round was played at challenging Wine Valley and Zajicek again topped the field, shooting a 3-over 75. She knocked down an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-3 No. 14 hole -- one of three birdies she collected in the second round -- to slam the door on her nearest challenger in the individual scoring.

Zajicek captured medalist honors by seven strokes and paced Whitman to a 25-stroke victory in the team scoring. Her 36-hole 149 total set a new individual school record for a two-round tournament.

"For Katie to win a tournament convincingly with the runner-up shooting two rounds in the 70s is very impressive," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said.

"With last week's performance, Katie has moved into the top 20 players nationally at the Division III level with an overall stroke average of 78.60. Her confidence and consistency continue to improve as she looks to lead our team to a higher level."

This week marks the second time in two seasons that Zajicek has earned one of the NWC's weekly awards. Her first honor came last April when she won medalist honors at the NWC Spring Classic.

Zajicek capped her rookie season last spring with All-Northwest Conference honors.

The Whitman women's team returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 14, with a one-day event at Heron Lakes in Portland.

The fall season concludes with the NWC Fall Classic on Oct. 22-23 at Heron Lakes.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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