HAYDEN, Idaho - First-year players Catelyn Webber and Katie Zajicek both shot 82 as the Whitman College women's golf team posted the third-best team score in Sunday's opening round of the North Idaho College Invitational.
Rocky Mountain College, after carding a 331 team score at the Avondale Golf Course, takes the lead into Monday's closing round. Westminster College was one shot back in second place while Whitman was eight strokes back in third.
Other schools in the women's half of the two-day tournament are Lewis-Clark State 348, Whitworth 355, Spokane Community College 365, North Idaho 385, and Carroll 388.
Rocky Mountain's Rachel Hosterman shot 75 to post Sunday's low individual score.
Webber made "several nice putts from the 10 to 15-foot range," noted Whitman coach Skip Molitor, while Zajicek birdied the last hole and finished strongly after recovering from one shot that rolled out of bounds by a few inches.
Erika Zinzer, another of Whitman's first-year players, is "gaining confidence steadily" and rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish with an 87, Molitor said.
Sophomore Caitlin Holland completed Whitman's team score, shooting an 88 while "struggling with her putter but hitting the ball extremely well," Molitor said.
Elaine Whaley, a first-year player from nearby Spokane, also played for Whitman.
"Elaine, our medalist last time out, was playing close to home and probably tried a bit too hard, posting a 91," Molitor added. "Expect her to improve dramatically tomorrow."