Women's Golf Shoots Onto National Scene

News Release Date:
Friday, October 7, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With five competitive rounds under its belt this fall, the Whitman College women's golf team has jumped into the national rankings kept by Golfstat, which administers computer ratings and rankings used by NCAA national championship selection committees.

Whitman is No. 12 in NCAA Division III team scoring with an average of 82.64 per round. The Missionaries sit just in front of Middlebury (82.75) and Amherst (83.20) colleges.

The top three schools are Washington University-St. Louis (78.35), DePauw (79.87) and Centre College (79.92). Long-time powerhouse Methodist University is fourth at 79.96.

Whitman sophomore Katie Zajicek, the medalist at last weekend's Whitman Invitational with rounds of 74 and 75, is No. 19 in Golfstat's individual national rankings. Her per-round average of 78.60 is just a single stroke out of the top 10.

Zajicek's 36-hole score of 149 at the Whitman Invitational is the lowest two-round score posted by an NCAA Division III player on the west coast this fall, notes Whitman coach Skip Molitor.

Other players contributing to Whitman's team scoring average this fall are juniors Tate Head and Caitlin Holland, sophomores Catelyn Webber and Elaine Whaley, and first-year Missionaries Sarah Debs and Kelly Sweeney.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu