Whitman women second after first round at NWC Fall Classic

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PORTLAND - Junior Tate Head fired a career-best 75 to lead the Whitman College women's golf team into second place after Saturday's opening round of the Northwest Conference Fall Classic at Heron Lakes.

Whitman shot a 320 team score (top four individuals) and trails the leader, George Fox, by seven strokes.

Linfield is a distant third (340) as the eight-team field heads to today's closing round.

"We were solid," Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. "Our girls have a lot of energy right now. George Fox is within reach, so it should be a heck of a finish."

Head, playing in the No. 5 spot for Whitman, shot 39 on the front side and then finished birdie, par, birdie for an even-par 36 on the back nine. Her 3-over par 75 was a career-best at the college level by five strokes.

Tate is one stroke back of the first-round leader, Megan McGrew of George Fox.

Katie Zajicek birdied her final hole to finish with an 80, tied for fifth place.

Catelyn Webber and teammate Sarah Debs completed Whitman's team score, shooting 82 and 83, respectively.

Elaine Whaley also played for Whitman, carding a 91.

The annual Fall Classic counts for 25 percent of the team scoring used to determine the final season-long standings.

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