Sophomore Caitilin Rice turns in her lowest score of the season to lead Eagles in second round
Despite a two-hour frost delay, the Eastern Washington University women’s golf team shaved 12 strokes off its first-round effort of 336 for a total team score of 324 on the second day of The Lumberjack at Ocotillo in Chandler, Ariz.
Unfortunately, Eastern was not the only team to improve on day two. Seven of the other 10 squads competing posted at least a 10-stroke improvement in the second round. As a result, the Eagles dropped one spot in the overall standings, now in eighth place with a 36-hole total of 660. EWU will play the final 18 holes Wednesday (Feb. 13), beginning at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.
Eastern is only four strokes back from Montana State (656) and 11 behind defending Big Sky Champion Northern Colorado (649). Including EWU, there are eight Big Sky schools competing this week at the Ocotillo Golf Resort, which is also home to the 2013 Big Sky Conference Championship.
The Eagles were led on Tuesday (Feb. 12) by sophomore Caitilin Rice, who recorded her lowest round to date in the 2012-13 campaign. She fired a four-over par 76 to move from 50th place on the individual leaderboard to 26th. Rice had two birdies and picked up 10 pars. Her second-round effort of 76 was a 14-stroke improvement from her score Monday.
Senior Jayme Carbon and freshman Maddie Dodge both shot an 82 in the second round, while junior Sara Callagy rounded out the scoring for EWU with her 84.
After leading the Eagles in the first round with a 79, freshman Marissa Borja struggled in the second, posting an 87. She is now tied with teammates Rice and Carbon with a 36-hole total of 166.
McNeese State maintains a comfortable lead at 611, followed by host Northern Arizona (631), Weber State (640) and then Southern Utah (642) to round out the top four.