|Vandals lead WAC golf|
MESA, Ariz. – Leilanie Kim has the opening-day lead as the University of Idaho built a seven-stroke advantage at the Western Athletic Conference Championship Tournament Friday at Longbow Golf Club.
Kim, with a one-over 73, is one of three Vandals at the top of the leaderboard as Cassie McKinley and Kaitlyn Oster are tied for third at three-over 75. Amy Hasenoehrl is 10th (79) and Kristin Strankman is tied for 11th (80).
The Vandals combined for a 302 with New Mexico State seven strokes back at 309 and Seattle University in third at 323. That lead comes despite a rocky start by Idaho.
“We didn’t get off to the best start,” coach Lisa Johnson said. “We didn’t play the first six holes as well as we had prepared to.”
That stretched include a triple bogey and a handful of three putts, but the Vandals regrouped at the turn and went on the attack.
“When we made the turn, we started making birdies,” Johnson said. “The team really capitalized on that momentum.”
Johnson, knowing the missed opportunities Friday, said she has high expectations for the weekend rounds.
“We’re in the position we wanted to be in,” she said.