Eagles in a Four-Way Tie for Seventh after Day One of Cowgirl Classic

Borja turns in one of the top four scores of the day in field of 103 golfers

The Eastern Washington University women’s golf team was off to a great start in the first round of the 2013 Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz., but the Eagles gave up 12 strokes on the final three holes to end day one in a four-way tie for seventh place.

After batting severe winds, gusting up to 40 miles per hour on Monday (April 8) at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, the Eagles finished with a first-round total of 325. The team is currently tied with Xavier, and Big Sky rivals Montana and Sacramento State.

Despite the tough finish to the round, the Eagles are still among the top half of the field that includes 19 total squads. EWU is in fact only five strokes back from the top four, and does lead four other conference schools, including Montana State, Northern Colorado, Weber State and Southern Utah.

Boise State is in the lead after day one with a first-round effort of 307. Northern Arizona is second at 314, followed by UTEP (318), Colorado State (320), Portland State (322) and BYU (322).

“As well as we handled the conditions through the first 15 holes, I was expecting a much stronger finish by our team,” said EWU head coach Brenda Howe. “As a coach, I am a little disappointed because we could have easily been in the top four today, but we did not finish as strong as I would have hoped.”

Freshman Marissa Borja led the Eagles with one of the four-lowest scores of the day among all 103 competitors. She fired a five-over par 77 to finish in a tie for fourth place. She was the third best performer among all Big Sky golfers at the event.

Junior Sara Callagy posted her lowest round of the 2013 spring season with an 82. She was second on the Eagle squad and is currently tied for 41st.

Senior Jayme Carbon and sophomore Caitilin Rice both carded an 83 in the first round. Rice was particularly strong to start the day, parring nine of her first 11 holes. She was four over with three holes to play, but ran into troubles on the final stretch, finishing at 11-over par.

Freshman Maddie Dodge was even on the first three holes, but ended up with a first-round score of 91.

The Eagles will play the second round tomorrow (April 9), beginning at 7:24 a.m. Eastern is paired in this round with Montana State and host-Wyoming. Live Scoring of the event is available via Goflstat.

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