Women Set School Record, Take Golf Lead

News Release Date:
Saturday, October 1

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Shattering its school record by 13 strokes, the Whitman College women's golf team carded a 313 total on Saturday to snare a big first-round lead as the Whitman Invitational got underway at Veterans Memorial. 

  Scores: Teams,

Led by sophomore Katie Zajicek, who fired a 2-over par 74, Whitman pieced together a 15-stroke lead over second-place Whitworth.

Katie Zajicek

"Our ladies have been on the verge of shooting some low scores and it was a thrill to see them open our home tournament with such an outstanding performance," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said.

"Another confident day of ball-striking and improved short-game play on Sunday could result in an impressive tournament victory."

Elaine Whaley

Linfield finished Saturday's round in third place at 338 with North Idaho in fourth at 346. Warner Pacific (352) and Pacific (409) head to Sunday's final round in places five and six.

With just three players on hand, Lewis & Clark did not have the required four competitors needed to post a team score.

Zajicek, an All-Northwest Conference player last year as a Whitman rookie, made bogey on the first and last holes of Saturday's round and shot even par on the remaining 16 holes. Birdies on two par-5 holes helped propel Zajicek to her best-ever collegiate round.

North Idaho's Rachel Westby is three strokes back of Zajicek in the individual scoring.

Four players, two from Whitman and two from Whitworth, are tied for third after shooting rounds of 79.

Sarah Debs

Both Whitman sophomore Elaine Whaley and first-team teammate Sarah Debs broke 80 for the first as collegians in carding their matching rounds of 79.

Whaley's round was free of three-putts and any score above bogey. Debs showed some remarkable composure, recovering from a double-bogey on the first hole and an out-of-bounds tee shot on No. 5.

Sharing in the logjam at 79 were Whitworth's Emily Guthrie and Liz Martin.

Sophomore Catelyn Webber shot 81 to complete Whitman's team score.

First-year Missionary Kelly Sweeney and junior Caitlin Holland carded rounds of 82 and 85, respectively, but those scores did not count in the tournament format (play six, count four).

Whitman junior Tate Head played as an individual and shot 80, the fourth-best Missionary score of the day.

The Whitman Invitational moves from Veterans to Wine Valley for Sunday's final round. Play gets underway at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

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