PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Marissa Borja led the Eastern women's golf team with rounds of 78 and 77 on the first day of the WSU Cougar Cup at Pullman's Palouse Ridge Golf Course as the team put together rounds of 334 and 318 to sit 12th after the event's first day. Maddie Dodge bounced back from a first round 85 to shoot 79 and finish second on the team with one round left to play Tuesday.
Borja currently sits in a tie for 23rd, while Dodge is in a tie for 52nd. Borja (155) had the fourth lowest two-round score among Big Sky Conference competitors.
The two team scores are the lowest for Eastern Washington in three years of competing at the Washington State-hosted tournament, indicating that the Eagles are well on their way to newfound success. In a talented tournament field that includes four other Big Sky schools, along with a number of Pac-12 and WAC teams, Borja ranked 19th in Par 4 scoring (+3), while Dodge sat 15th in Par 5 scoring (+2) among tournament competitors. In addition, Borja tallied 22 pars across two rounds, the fifth-highest total in that stat category.
Other scores for the Eagles included rounds of 86 and 80 for junior transfer Taylor Crandall, good enough for third on the team. Caitlilin Rice carded and 87 in the first round and 82 in the second, while true freshman Hannah Kim compiled back to back 85s to round out the top five. Taylor Anderson, competing as an individual for Eastern, came in with scores of 88 and 80 at day's end.
The action continues Tuesday with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start.