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RICHLAND, Wash. – Linfield sophomore Alexandria Smith (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) carded a 10-over-par 82 on the opening day of the Northwest Conference Championship Tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course, helping the Wildcats stake fourth place at the nine-team tournament. Smith sits in ninth place, eight strokes back of the first-day leader.
Linfield, which placed four golfers among the top 25 individuals, shot a collective 343, 26 strokes behind first-round frontrunner Whitman.
The Missionaries sit one stroke in front of defending NWC champion George Fox, which shot 318. Whitworth is third at 333. After Linfield’s 343, Willamette occupies fifth place at 358, Pacific is sixth at 365, Pacific Lutheran sits in seventh at 382 and Puget Sound is eighth with a score of 423. Lewis & Clark, the ninth team at the tournament, did not field sufficient participants to yield a team score.
For the Wildcats, Sophie Corr shares 14th place with an 85, Brinn Hovde is one stroke back at 86, good for a share of 16th place, Hannah Christianson is tied for 23rd at 90, and Lydia Smith is in 27th place with a first-round score of 93.
Kelsey Morrison of George Fox fired a crisp 74 to lead all golfers by three strokes. Whitman teammates Tate Head and Catelyn Webber are tied for second place each at 77, while Whitworth’s Emily Guthrie and Whitman’s Kelly Sweeney shot matching 78s to stand deadlocked in fourth place.
The tournament counts 50 percent toward determining the 2011-12 NWC champion.
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