Han Wu Paces Women's Golf In First Round At Sahalee
SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Gonzaga University's women's golf team returned to action for the first time in two weeks Monday, shooting a 308 in the opening round of the 54-hole Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at Sahalee Country Club.
The Bulldogs will continue play Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. with the second round and conclude the tourney Wednesday with an 8 a.m. tee time.
Wu, making her first appearance in the line-up after playing as an individual in the first two tournaments, started her round with a bogey on the first hole but quickly got back to even par with a par 4 on the 440-yard par 5 second hole. She played par golf the rest of the front nine with the exception of a double-bogey 6 on the par 4 seventh hole.
Wu opened the back nine with another bogey 5, but got birdies on the par 4 12th and 15th holes.
"Han had a solid day right from the get go. She was locked in all day long," Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said.
Fallgren had three bogeys and a birdie on the front nine, the birdie coming on the 451-yard, par 5 sixth hole. She had seven pars and two bogeys on the back nine.
Freshman Raychelle Santos, who had been Gonzaga's top player in each of the first two tournaments, shot a season-high 79, senior Genavive 'Genna' Dodge shot an 80 and Tai Jade 'TJ' Kliebphipat, battling some wrist tendinitis, shot an 83.
The Bulldogs' season-high 308 tied them with UNLV for seventh heading into Tuesday's round. Gonzaga is six shots behind UC Davis, the University of Oregon and San Jose State University at 302. Stanford University is third at 299. The Bulldogs had just one round over 300 in their first two tournaments this season.
Top-ranked Washington has both the team lead and the individual leader after 18 holes. The Huskies are at 293 for a 4-stroke lead over UC Irvine.
"It clearly wasn't our best round of golf this year and we're not all that excited about a 308," Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said. "But it's not the end of the world. I think we were missing some of our competitive spirit today and I think we let Sahalee get to us a little bit. You know you are going to have a bogey on Sahalee. It's narrow, and tree-lined. It's not making a bogey; it's what you carry over from it that matters."
With 36 holes still to be played, Rickel is looking forward to better results Tuesday.
"I look forward to a lower score and I think we'll put ourselves in position to move up and have a good spot heading to final round," Rickel said.
The Bulldogs have been in the final group in each of the first two tournaments this season.
Rickel said the lack of rain in the Seattle area the last couple of months has left Sahalee "hard, firm and fast. It's not what we're use to at Sahalee. It's causing a little bit of grief here and there. The course is in fabulous condition; it's just so hard because of the lack of rain."