Whitman women finish second at golf invite

Three golfers shoot in the low 80s for a tie for first Monday and a 674 two-day total.

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HAYDEN, Idaho - With three players shooting in the low 80s, the Whitman College women's golf team carded Monday's low score and finished second overall in the eight-school, two-day North Idaho College Invitational in Hayden, Idaho.

Whitman posted a 335 team score for its top four golfers in Monday's closing round at the Avondale Golf Course. The Missionaries finished second overall with a two-day total of 674.

NAIA-affiliated Rocky Mountain College, the defending Frontier Conference champion, also shot 335 on Monday and finished first in the team scoring with a 666 total. The Battlin' Bears have competed in the last 12 NAIA national women's golf championships.

Catelyn Webber, one of four first-year players in the Whitman contingent, shot 80 on Monday after having a birdie putt lip out on the final hole.

Webber finished with a 162 total, good enough for a fifth-place tie in the individual standings.

Caitlin Holland, the lone sophomore playing for Whitman, knocked down three birdie putts en route to a closing 81, a seven-stroke improvement from Sunday's opening round. That gave her a two-day total of 169.

Katie Zajicek shot 83 on Monday to finish in seventh place at 165.

Whitman's Elaine Whaley and Erika Zinser shot 91 and 92, respectively, on Monday. Zinzer finished with a 179 total, three strokes in front of Whaley.

Rocky Mountain's Rachel Hosterman (75-83-158) won medalist honors.

Schools finishing behind Whitman were Westminster 332-356-688, Lewis-Clark State 348-346-694, Whitworth 355-343-698, Spokane Community College 365-354-719, Carroll 388-361-749, and North Idaho 385-368-753.

"It was nice that we placed so high in a tournament that included the top four women's teams from the Frontier Conference as well as the defending Northwest Conference champion," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said.

"This puts us in a good position going into the Northwest Conference Fall Classic later this month."

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