Gonzaga Women's Golf Has a Rough Day Against Sahalee
SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Tuesday was a bad day on the golf course for Gonzaga University's women who skied to a season-high 318 in the second round of the 31st annual Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at Sahalee Country Club.
Nine schools in the 16-team field shot a higher score in Tuesday's second round than they did in Monday's opening 18 holes over the 6,054-yard, par 72 layout. The tournament concludes Wednesday with the final round teeing off at 8 a.m.
The Bulldogs didn't drop that far in the standings - from a tie for seventh to alone in ninth - but the Zags did suffer some separation from the teams in front of them. Gonzaga's 36-hole total of 626 finds the Bulldogs nine strokes behind eighth-place Oregon State University, but six shots ahead of 10th-place Long Beach State University. Washington, ranked No. 1 in the recent polls, sits atop the leaderboard after a second straight 293 for a 36-hole score of 586 and an 8-shot lead over UC Davis.
"We had a bad day today, there's no other way to put it. We had a bad start and it never got better," Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said.
While the overall result was frustrating, senior Victoria Fallgren turned in a solid round of 75 to leave her at 151 after an opening-round 76 and tied for 19th heading into Wednesday's final round. SooBin Kim of Washington, playing as an individual, leads at 138 after rounds of 71-67. She has a 6-shot lead over teammate Charlotte Thomas and Seshia Lei Telles of OSU.
Fallgren had two birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey Tuesday, and drew the praises of Rickel.
"Victoria had a very solid day, made some very good up and downs, some tough up and downs, and some unlikely places to make pars," Rickel said.
But, for the most part, Sahalee has had the upper hand.
"Sahalee is winning against us," Rickel said. "Tomorrow I'm hoping we can put it together a little bit better. We've made a couple of bogeys here and there and we've let that affect our golf and we've carried it forward. We have to get better. We're hoping to show up tomorrow and execute our plan better. We have a good plan, but we have to be a little better emotionally and stick with the plan. We can't let our emotions get the best of us."
Freshman Raychelle Santos shot her second straight 79 and is second for the Bulldogs at 158. Han Wu, in the line-up for the first time this season after playing as an individual in the first two events of the fall, struggled to an 87 Tuesday after shooting a team-leading 73 Monday.
Rickel said there is still a silver lining to be found in the cloud.
"I believe if we do that (stick with our plan) tomorrow we'll end up with a good finish in this tournament. I look forward to tomorrow and I look forward to us having our best round of the tournament," he said.