|Oster is tied for seventh|
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The University of Idaho women's golf team is tied for 13th after first round of the Farms Invitational over the punishing The Farms Golf Club at Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Vandal junior Kaitlyn Oster fired an even par 72, which included two birdies and two bogeys, during the opening round to tie for seventh with 36 holes to play. In a tie for 54th is Leilanie Kim with a seven-over 79 - the result of seven bogeys, with Kristin Strankman tied for 63rd at 80, and Rachel Choi and Cassie McKinley tied for 70th at 80.
The Vandals fired a 313 - just nine strokes out of the top 10. UCLA leads the tournament at three-under 285 with Stanford second at 290 and San Diego State third at 292.
Not only is the course the most difficult the Vandals have played, the tournament field is an elite group that includes six members of the Curtis Cup team.
"This is by far the most difficult course we have played all year," said coach Lisa Johnson, "and the most difficult field in years."
Accuracy and strategy are a must on a course that punishes even a slightly errant shot.
"It is extremely difficult from tee to green," Johnson said.
The Vandals, Johnson said, can take a great deal from the first round.
"We did a lot of promising things today," she said. "Each individual player played much better than earlier this spring. Tomorrow when we have the opportunities, we need to execute better."
Johnson had high praise for Oster.
"It was very encouraging to see her play so well," Johnson said. "It was a great confidence-builder for her."