Chandler, Ariz. - Using a performance that consisted of ten birdies, the Eastern Washington University women's golf team recorded a first round score of 308, securing seventh place at the Big Sky Conference Championship after the first round of play on Sunday, Apr. 19.
Eastern's first day score at the 6,272-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Club is just one stroke behind Montana and five strokes behind Northern Colorado.
Leading the Eastern roster is junior Marissa Borja, who shot exactly par and now sits in a four-way tie for third place. Borja had an incredibly solid back nine, finishing with four of the Eagles' last seven birdies.
"I am proud of the team today," said head coach Brenda Howe, "I feel we played solid as a whole, and have positioned ourselves within the pack. Marissa played outstanding. She was three over after six holes and was a little frustrated, but fought until the end to shoot even par. Hannah also had a solid round with a 76. There's a lot of golf left so we need to continue to take it one shot at a time and maintain the same competitive spirit I saw today."
Eastern's 308 topped last year's first round score of 314, and is the second best first round score in the Big Sky Championship for the Eagles since Howe became head coach in the 2009-10 season.
Sacramento State currently holds first place with a 298, while Southern Utah's Taylor Viquelia leads the individual standings at four strokes under par.