Whit women golfers 4th after first round

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BEAUMONT, Calif. - Taylor "Tate" Head, a first-year Whitman College golfer, was tied for sixth place after Saturday's opening round of the Lady Bulldog Invitational at the East Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif.

Playing in windy conditions, Tori Leon of Occidental College was the only golfer to break 90 on the par-72 5,948-yard Champions course. Leon finished at 84, 10 strokes in front of her nearest competitors.

Head finished with a 102 and was tied with two golfers from the University of Redlands, the host school.

Whitman was in fourth place in the team scoring with a 439 total for its top four golfers. That left the Missionaries four strokes behind third-place University of Calgary.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was in first with a 390 total. Redland was second at 410.

Sydney Conway, another of Whitman's first-year golfers, shot 50 on the front nine and finished at 107. Rounding out the team score were senior Kelsi Evans (59-54 113) and junior Sydney Saito (55-62 117).

First-year Missionary Caitlin Holland had troubles on the front nine but bounced back to shoot 54 (along with Head and Evans) on the back nine and finish with a 120.

The invitational concludes with a second round play today.

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