Springville, Utah - Freshman Mercedes Khumnark's even par performance highlights the Eastern Washington University golf team's first day at the Hobble Creek Invitational Monday, Sept. 14.
In her first action at the college level, Khumnark, who is competing as an individual and not as part of EWU's five-member team, is currently third after one round of play. Senior Marissa Borja is the Eagles' lowest-scoring team member, shooting 3 over par with 74, which is good for a tie at 14th. She has helped place Eastern at 12 overall and within striking distance of 10th in the field of 16.
Other players to make their debut for the Eagles is freshman Kirsten Ishikawa, and sophomore transfer Neydeen Martinez. Coach Brenda Howe had this to say of their performances, "I was extremely impressed with my three newcomers. Mercedes had a great first round, Kirsten has a great second round going, and Neydeen has shown great composure. For them to come in and keep their emotions in check during their first event is very encouraging."
It was a tough day with a long weather delay, and the team will look to improve in the next few rounds. Coach Howe summed up the outing well, "Today was a long day and I feel the ladies handled themselves well through some weather difficulties. 11 and a half hours later and we still didn't finish 36 holes, so we'll finish round two strongly in the morning."
Right now Eastern sits at a team total of 310 on the par 71 course. Cal Poly and Hawaii are the leaders tied at 293.