|Vandals tied for sixth|
MESA, Ariz. – It was deja vu all over again for the University of Idaho women’s golf team which, after two strong tournaments to end the regular season, again struggled around the greens in opening Western Athletic Conference play in a tie for sixth.
“We had far too many three-putts and too few birdies,” said coach Lisa Johnson, whose team combined for a 312 over the Longbow Country Club course. “We absolutely have to make birdies – especially on the par 5s, which are reachable in two. We’re such a good ball-striking team, we need to capitalize on that.”
Nevertheless, Johnson is optimistic about her young team’s (one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen) potential over the next two days.
“There were a lot of things we can build on,” Johnson said. “We’re excited about tomorrow and are confident we can score better.”
Sophomore Kaitlyn Oster and junior Rachel Choi led the Vandals with four-over 76s and are in a group tied for 12th. Sophomore Leilanie Kim is tied for 23rd with a 79, while freshman Kristin Strankman is 30th at 81 and freshman Cassie McKinley is tied for 31st at 82.
The University of Denver is the first-day leader at 295 followed by San Jose State and UTSA at 297. Denver’s Tonje Daffinrud is the first-round leader with a four-under 68.