Whit women grab lead at Whitworth

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SPOKANE — Two strokes separated Whitman’s top four scorers here Sunday at the Spokane Country Club as the Missionary women’s golf team grabbed a 10-stroke lead halfway through the Whitworth Invitational.

Led by Catelyn Webber’s 5-over-par 78, Whitman’s team tally for its top four shooters was 316. Host Whitworth, which was led by first-round medalist Emily Guthrie’s 1-over-par 74, was in second place at 316, followed closely by Willamette’s 331 third-place total.

Rounding out the field were Warner Pacific 354, North Idaho College 356, Linfield 362 and the University of Puget Sound 426. Trinity Lutheran also competed but did not complete the round.

Webber was followed on the Whitman scorecard by Kelly Sweeney 79, Alyssa Maine 79 and Katie Zajicek 80. Tate Head’s 81 was not needed and Caitlin Holland, playing as an individual, carded an 86.

Webber was alone in second place individually, Sweeney and Maine were in a three-way tie for third place with Taneesh Kaur Sra of Willamette and Zajicek was tied for sixth with Scotti Jo Helmick of Warner Pacific. Head and Kalan Smith of Trinity Lutheran were knotted for eighth place.

“Our ladies clearly played their most consistent round of golf to this point in the season,” Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. “To have our four counting scores within two shots of each other is rare, and indicative of our balance.”

The tournament concluded this morning with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

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