Women's Golf Grabs Lead, Moves Step Closer to NWC Title

News Release Date:
Saturday, April 21

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With Tate Head and Catelyn Webber both shooting 77 and first-year teammate Kelly Sweeney adding a 78, Whitman College grabbed Saturday's first-round lead at the Northwest Conference Women's Golf Tournament at Columbia Point in Richland, Wash.

NWC Tournament
Round One

Tate Head

Elaine Whaley shot 85 to complete the 317 Missionary team score, which is one shot better than George Fox and 16 shots clear of third-place Whitworth.

Katie Zaijeck also played for the Missionaries, shooting an 86 that was not needed for the top-four team score.

Catelyn Webber

Whitman entered this weekend's tournament in second place in the season-long scoring system used to determine the conference champion and hand out the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national championship field.

But if the Missionaries can hold their lead over George Fox in Sunday's closing round, it will share the NWC title with the Bruins and get that automatic berth at nationals.

Kelly Sweeney

"We're going to take our one-stroke lead into tomorrow's round and hopefully extend it," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said.

"We are going to do everything in our power to win a Northwest Conference championships and with it a ticket to nationals."

The Whitman women's team is ranked No. 16 nationally by Golf Digest and No. 19 by the National Golf Coaches Association.

In shooting matching rounds of 77, Head and Webber are tied for second-place in the individual scoring. Sweeney is tied for fourth place.

Kelsey Morrison of George Fox Saturday's low round, a 2-over par 74.

Sunday's first tee times are at 9 a.m.

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