WALLA WALLA - With sophomore Katie Zajicek shooting even-par 72, the Whitman College women's golf team came within a few strokes of winning a four-way match Saturday afternoon at Heron Lakes in Portland.
Whitman finished with a 317 team score for its top four golfers, finishing three strokes back of Portland's Concordia University.
"Concordia is a traditionally strong NAIA team," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "They were fifth in the nation two years ago."
Pacific Lutheran, one of Whitman's Northwest Conference rivals, finished well back in third place with a 349. Corban (Salem, Ore.) totaled 373.
Zajicek posted the day's low score, edging Concordia's Sunny Powers by a stroke.
"Katie continues to rewrite the Whitman record books," Molitor said. "I'm pretty sure that's the first time anyone in the history of the women's golf program has shot even par in a competitive round."
Sarah Debs, one of Whitman's first-year players, shot 80 for Whitman's next best score. Sophomores Catelyn Webber and Elaine Whaley shot 81 and 84, respectively, to complete the team score.
Also playing for Whitman were junior Tate Head (85) and first-year teammate Kelly Sweeney (88).
Saturday's round was "great preparation" for next weekend's NWC Fall Classic, Molitor said.
That 36-hole tournament will also be played at Heron Lakes and count in the season-long standings that determine the conference champion.