Whit Women Take Lead After First Round of Golf Invitational

News Release Date:
Saturday, March 10

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The weather forecast for Sunday predicts more wet, windy and cold conditions, but the Whitman College women's golf team finds itself in the lead at the mid-way mark of the Pacific Lutheran Invitational after Saturday's first round at Oakbrook Country Club in Lakewood, Wash.

Led by junior Tate Head, who shot 77, Whitman's opening round team score of 328 is one shot better than the 329 posted by seventh-ranked George Fox.

Tate Head

Sophomore Katie Zajicek shot nines of 40-41 for a solid 81, which was the third-best round of the day for the seven-team tournament. Sophomores Elaine Whaley (84) and Catelyn Webber (86) rounded out the Missionary team score.

Junior Caitlin Holland also played for Whitman, but her 89 was not counted as part of the team score (top four individuals).

Competing as individuals for the Missionaries were first-year players Sarah Debs (81) and Kelly Sweeney (85). It was the first competitive round of the spring for Sweeney.

Katie Zajicek

Whitman coach Skip Molitor complimented Head on her continuing return to top form.

"Tate finished the fall portion of our season by contending and finishing third in the Northwest Conference Fall Classic," he said.

"She is extremely focused this spring and playing with a ton of confidence. It will be fun Sunday to see her compete for medalist honors against two of the top NCAA DIII (teammate Katie Zajicek and Kelsey Morrison of George Fox) players in the country."

Other team scores at the mid-way point include a 356 for Whitworth and 357 for Linfield. Team scores were not immediately available for Pacific Lutheran, Pacific and Puget Sound.

Contending for medalist honors, along with Whitman's Head (77), Zajicek (81) and Debs (81), are Morrison (80), Loreece Magsanide (81) and Jill Westendorf (83) of George Fox and Whitworth's Emily Guthrie (83).

Play concludes Sunday on the challenging Oakbrook course.

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