Whitman Women in Third at Golf Tourney

News Release Date:
Saturday, September 24

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women's golf team is in third place after Saturday's first round of the Pacific Invitational at Quail Valley Golf Course near Banks, Ore.

Whitman carded a 330 total for its top four golfers. George Fox was in first place at 316, just two strokes in front of Whitworth.

Other teams and first-day scores are Willamette 340, Linfield 343, Corban 362, and Pacific 390.

Katie Zajicek

"Our ladies put together a solid round that keeps Fox and Whitworth within reach for tomorrow," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said.

Sophomore Katie Zajicek set the pace for Whitman with an 81, one stroke better than both sophomore Catelyn Webber and first-year teammate Sarah Debs.

"Katie had an outstanding second nine, shooting 39," Molitor said. "Catelyn Webber continued her impressive play with birdies on both sides.

"Sarah's consistency also continues; she followed her 40-40 at Wildhorse two weeks ago with a 41-41 here at Quail Valley."

Kelly Sweeney, another of Whitman's first-year players, completed the team score with an 85.

"Kelly played in our No. 1 spot and was perhaps a bit antsy on the front, shooting 44, but she settled down nicely on the back with a 41," Molitor said.

Junior Tate Head, playing in Whitman's fifth spot, hit the ball well, Molitor said, but struggled with "some putting difficulties" en route to a round of 90.

While her round was not designated ahead of time as part of Whitman's team score, sophomore Elaine Whaley enjoyed an "outstanding round, sinking a birdie on No. 17 and parring No. 18 for an 83," Molitor said.

Junior Caitlin Holland, also playing as an individual, struggled on the front nine but bounced back with a solid back nine (41) to finish with an 89.

The invitational concludes Sunday with round two.

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