|McKinley ties for eighth|
AUSTIN, Texas – Freshman Cassie McKinley had her best round as a collegian and the University of Idaho women’s golf team had its best round of the spring in finishing sixth at the Challenge at Onion Creek.
McKinley had a two-under 68 over the par-70 course to finish her 54 holes at 216 and in a tie for eight. The Vandals also had two more players in the top 15 with Rachel Choi and Kristin Strankman tied for 15th at 219 for the tournament. Leilanie Kim tied for 41st at 229 with Kaitlyn Oster tied for 53rd at 234.
“Overall,” coach Lisa Johnson said, “we played well. We’re still leaving more shots out on the course than I would like but we have improved tremendously over the last few weeks.”
A large part of the improvement has come from the freshmen, who are starting to match the consistency of the upperclassmen.
“The freshmen have made significant improvement from fall to spring,” Johnson said. “They games have really grown. Their ball-striking is more consistent. They’re managing their games better. I’m excited for the rest of the year.”
Gonzaga, with co-medalist Han Wu (210) leading the way, won the 13-team tournament with an 862. Texas State was second at 865 followed by Kennesaw State (870), Texas Tech (872), Washington State (874) and the Vandals (883).