Whitman's Webber Paces Women's Golf Team to Preview Victory
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 14
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With sophomore Catelyn Webber shooting the day's low score, Whitman College outplayed two of its Northwest Conference rivals in an 18-hole women's golf match on Saturday at Columbia Point in Richland, Wash.
Webber shot 81 while first-year teammate Kelly Sweeney added an 82 as the Missionaries won the Whitman Spring Preview with a 333 total for its top four golfers.
Junior Tate Head and sophomore Katie Zajicek had matching rounds of 85 to to complete Whitman's team score.
Whitworth, led by Darby Moberg's 82, finished second in the team scoring with a 344 total. Pacific was third at 381.
Saturday's one-day event allowed the teams a final tune-up for next weekend's 36-hole NWC Championship Tournament, which will also be played at Columbia Point.
Whitman heads to that tournament in second place in the NWC's season-long scoring race. Whitworth is tied for third place while Pacific is in seventh.
Others contributing to Whitworth's team score in Saturday's round, in addition to Moberg, were Emily Guthrie 87, Nicole Lomaz 87, and Liz Martin 88.
Scoring for Pacific were Emily Thorud 92, Jayme Hall 93, Kaci Linton 94, and Amy Jones 102.
For Whitman, Webber got off to a great start, shooting par on seven of the first eight holes and making the turn with a 2-over par 37.
"Catelyn had an outstanding day with the putter, totaling just 29 putts for the 18 holes," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "Had it not been for a quadruple-bogey 9 on the finishing hole, she would have run away from the field with a round in the mid-70s."
Sweeney, who was even par on the first five holes, lost six strokes to par over the next three holes. "Kelly rebounded nicely on the back nine with a 38," Molitor said.
Both Webber and Sweeney birdied the par-3 17th hole, and Sweeney also rolled in a birdie putt on a par-4 hole.
Zajicek and Head took different paths to their matching rounds of 85.
"Katie had a good day around the greens but struggled a bit with her normally steady ball striking," Molitor said. "Tate, who like Kelly had a birdie on both sides, struck the ball well but fell victim to several three-putt greends."
First-year Missionary Sarah Debs and junior Caitlin Holland also played for Whitman, shooting rounds of 86 and 93, respectively.
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