With an eagle on the final hole, Holmstedt finishes among top 10 in first day at Ocotillo
The Eastern Washington University women's golf team completed the first of three rounds of the 2011 Big Sky Conference Championship on Monday (April 17) at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. Eastern is currently in eighth place with a first-round team total of 322. The Eags are only three strokes back from the No. 6 team, Montana State, and just 10 strokes away from the top 5 in the standings.
Defending champion Portland State leads the field with a total score of 303, followed by Northern Arizona and Montana, which are tied for second at 304.
Senior Kellie Holmstedt paced the Eagles on day one, carding a 76 through the first 18 holes. Holmstedt is currently tied for ninth on the individual leaderboard. She picked up seven pars total in the round, while also registering two birdies and one of just three eagles fired by all competitors throughout the day. Her eagle came on the par 5, 479-yard 18th hole.
Holmstedt's 76 on Monday also tied the lowest round of the spring season for the senior from North Bend, Ore.
Sophomore Dana Stapleton was also impressive in the first round at Ocotillo, as she recorded a total score of 79. Stapleton got off to a blazing start with three birdies on the front nine. She parred the first five holes of the back nine, before closing out the round with two bogeys and a triple. She is currently tied for 21st out of 45 total Big Sky competitors. Stapleton's 79 on Monday marked the first time the sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., has shot below 80 in the spring season, and was just one stroke off her career-best round of 78.
Sophomore Morgan Lee is tied for 27th with her first-round total of 81, and rounding out the scoring for EWU was sophomore Jayme Carbon, who fired an 86 through the first 18 holes to finish the round in a share for 40th.
Competing in the first conference championship of her career, freshman Sara Callagy sits in 42nd after carding an 87.
The Eagles will be paired with Weber State and Idaho State in the second round, which gets underway at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time. Holmstedt is the last Eagle to tee off at 7:06 a.m. Live scoring of the event is available via Golfstat at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=2213