Whitman women's golf second at opening round of NWC championships

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WOODBURN, Ore. — Whitman carded a team score of 333, good for second place, and trailed George Fox by 14 shots after the opening round of the Northwest Conference women’s golf championship at the par-73 Oregon Golf Association Course.

The Missionaries are four strokes ahead of third-place Whitworth and 12 up on No. 4 Lewis & Clark.

Whitworth’s Michal Schuster fired the best round of the day — an even-par 73.

Whitman’s Katie Zajicek was fifth on the medalist ladder after firing a 79.

“Katie had one of the most amazing rounds of her storied career — not because of the 79, but because of the circumstances,” Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. “She went to a chiropractor the day before we left with a rib issue. During our practice round, she slipped and fell after swinging on a slippery slope. We thought she may have broken a rib. X- rays did not show a fracture, but she played with an immense amount of pain. She tripled two of her first seven holes and was eight-over par after 11 holes. She played the last seven holes in two-under par for a plus six to keep us in the running.”

Catelyn Webber followed Zajicek with an 83, Alyssa Maines shot 84, and Lou Points put up an 87 for Whitman.

Elaine Whaley shot a non-counting 89.

“Catelyn went out in 39, but struggled a bit on the back for her 83,” Molitor said. “Alyssa Maines’ 84 included an eagle and a birdie. Lou’s 87 helped our team to stay within shouting distance of Fox.

“Last year on this championship course, we improved 23 shots from day one to two,” Molitor said. “It should be exciting tomorrow.”

Tomorrow’s final round begins at 9 a.m.

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