Mortellaro tied for first
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 02/07/2011
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TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Idaho junior Kayla Mortellaro played like it wasn't the first round of the spring season and Vandal freshman Rachel Choi hit a shot most golfers only imagine in shooting what turned out to be the round of her life.

Mortellaro birdied the final two holes of a 36-hole day to tie for first at five-under 139, while Choi drilled a hole in one on her third hole en route to shooting her first sub-par tournament round. It was the shot Choi needed to turn what started as an ugly (three over after two holes) round into a beauty. She followed her one-under 71 with an afternoon round 77 to tie for 23rd at 148.

"To be tied for the lead in this field is very good and a testament to all the hard work she has put in," coach Lisa Johnson said of Mortellaro's 70-69 day. "She played very well. Being able to birdie the last two holes on a 36-hole day is extremely encouraging for her."

The second round was halted without being finished because of darkness. The Vandals, however, had completed both rounds and are at 609 for their 36 holes.

"Today was a great experience for this team," Johnson said. "They were extremely pleased to be able to play in warm weather on a great golf course."

Also for the Vandals, junior Teo Poplawski is tied for 37th at 153 with freshman Julie Hitchins in 79th at 169.

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