Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
Women's golf off to WAC
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/24/2014
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MESA, Ariz. – The University of Idaho women’s golf team tees off in the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championship Tournament with high expectations.

“Our goal is to win,” said coach Lisa Johnson, who team begins play in the three-day, 54-hole event Friday at Longbow Golf Club. “Our goal all year has been to win. Everything we have done has been to prepare for this tournament the best we can.”

One advantage the Vandals have is experience at Longbow, where two players of the five players in the lineup have competed twice in WAC tournaments and two have competed once. Only freshman Amy Hasenoehrl isn’t experienced on the course.

That, Johnson said, shouldn’t be a problem given the experience of juniors Leilanie Kim and Kaitlyn Oster and sophomores Kristin Strankman and Cassie McKinley. To make sure the players didn’t dip into their on-again, off-again funk that has plagued them at times this year, Johnson ramped up the competition to make the WAC tournament squad. Instead of hours on the range and short-game facility, the Vandals played round after round to qualify.

“We made practice more competitive,” she said.

With that as preparation, the familiarity with Longbow is an added bonus.

“We like the course,” Johnson said. “We’ve scored well on this course in the past.

“It’s a very fair golf course. Everyone knows what to expect.”

According to, the Vandals are the highest ranked of the WAC team. Next is New Mexico State, which in one ranking is ahead of the Vandals, then Seattle University, Missouri-Kansas City, Chicago State, Utah Valley, Texas-Pan American and Cal State-Bakersfield. Grand Canyon wasn’t eligible for the ranking.

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