SPOKANE, Wash. – Competing in her first collegiate tournament, Maggie Harlow (Soph., Hillsboro, Ore.) led the Linfield women’s golf team on Day 1 of the season-opening Whitworth Invitational, played Sunday at the Spokane Country Club.
Harlow carded a 14-over-par 87, good for a share of 20th place in the individual standings.
With only two players finishing under 90 strokes, Linfield found itself in sixth place of the seven-team tournament after 18 holes. The high scores were reflective of a tough, tree-lined course with plenty of hazards and bunkers to trip up any golfer.
“Overall, the girls did well, but all of them had a couple of blowup holes,” said first-year head coach Brynn Hurdus. “They all had their own struggles here and there, and unfortunately it was just enough to bump their scores up.”
One hole in particular, a par-5 on 16, really gave the Wildcats problems. Hitting from elevated tee, players must send the ball over the entrance road to the club and down to the green without any major deviation left or right, or else battle their way through multiple trees.
Individually, Alexandria Smith (Sr., Bellingham, Wash.) finished one stroke behind Harlow, shooting 88 over the first 18 holes to sit in a three-way tie for 23rd place.
Sophie Corr claimed sole possession of 26th place with 90 strokes, while Brinn Hovde contributed Linfield’s fourth and final countable score with a 96 for the first round.
Linfield shot a collective score of 361, 69 strokes over par.
Whitman, the defending Northwest Conference team champion, placed three golfers in the top five to open up a 10-stroke lead over the rest of the field with a total score of 316. Whitworth’s Emily Guthrie led all players with a one-over-par 74 for Day 1.
AHEAD: Play continues Monday at the Spokane Country Club, with the first tee time at 9 a.m.
Linfield's top golfer on Day 1
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