|Idaho still in the lead|
MESA, Ariz. - Cassie McKinley climbed two positions to tie teammate Leilanie Kim for the lead in the Western Athletic Conference Championship Golf Tournament and to help the University of Idaho take a two-stroke lead into Sunday's final round.
On a day that featured steady 20 mph wind with gusts to 35, scores edged up. Idaho's 319 allowed second-place New Mexico State to close to within two with a 316. With 18 holes to play, Idaho is at 621 with the Aggies at 625. Missouri-Kansas City is in third at 653 with Seattle University at 663 in the eight-team field.
"Overall," coach Lisa Johnson said, "we played well given the conditions. We're still in the lead."
Johnson likes her team's mental approach going into Sunday's final round. Although the Vandals have two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman at the tournament, they have an attack mentality.
"This team wants to know where they stand, which," Johnson said, "it a very mature mentality. They want to know. They say, 'Tell me if I need to make birdie.' "
Kim and McKinley are at eight-over 152 with freshman Amy Hasenoehrl tied for fifth at 158 (up from 10th after the first round). Kaitlyn Oster is the fourth Vandal in the top 10 in a tie for eighth at 159, and Kristin Strankman is tied for 16th at 164.