UNION, Ore. — The Whitman College women’s golf team opened its spring season with a two-stroke victory over a College of Idaho.
Kelly Sweeney, playing out of the No. 1 spot, shot a pair of 38s for a 76 to lead the Missionaries.
Playing in the same group, which was the last on the course, Catelyn Webber’s 79 was enough to hold off the Coyotes, whose 321 total was two shots higher than Whitman’s 319.
Tate Head and Caitlin Holland, senior captains for the
Missionaries, shot identical 82s to round out Whitman’s scoring.
Elaine Whaley, playing her first competitive round of the year after wrist surgery in the fall, shot a 94, which was not included in the play-five-score-four format.
College of Idaho’s Baylee Borchers was medalist for the one-day match with a 74, followed by Trish Gibben’s 78, Katherine Reed’s 81 and Reagan Sanford’s 88.
“A close win against a tournament-tested opponent is an outstanding way to start our spring,” Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. “The last group was a pleasure to watch. Their top two players both had stroke averages in the 70s last season, and Kelly and Catelyn matched them drive for drive.
Tate and Caitlin both had rounds in the 70s well within reach, and although they struggled a bit with the notorious 18 hole at the Buffalo Peak, we expect great things ahead this spring for our seniors and captains,” he said. “And what a pleasure it was to have Elaine Whaley back out on the course after her injury rehab. I expect good things ahead for Elaine.”
Both teams returned the bulk of their lineups from squads than earned bids last year to their respective national tournaments. The Missionaries finished 12th in the NCAA Division III Championships, while the College of Idaho accomplished its first top 25 ranking at season’s end after participating in the NAIA National Championship.
Whitman returns to the course, as will C of I, at the Warrior Classic March 11-12 hosted by Lewis-Clark State College at the Clarkston Country Club.