Western Washington captures third consecutive Great Northwestern title
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Kara Zitzman shot a five-over-par 76 Tuesday - the best round of the day - to win medalist honors and lead Western Washington to the team title in the third annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.
Zitzman finished with a 36-hole total of 151, finishing two shots ahead teammate Claire Rachor, who carded an 80 after opening with a 73.
Rachor, who entered the tournament as the GNAC’s scoring leader, was last year’s tourney medallist. Both Zitzman and Rachor are seniors.
“These were two very special young women and I’m going to miss not having them on the team,” WWU coach Bo Stephen said. “Kara played very solid and had a good finish, and Claire just had a couple bad holes. It was cool having them finish 1-2.”
The Vikings had two other golfers finish in the top six as Anna Bourland placed fourth at 159 and freshman Kristen Hansen tied for sixth at 162. WWU ended up with a 625 team total, finishing 46 shots ahead of second-place Saint Martin’s.
Western Washington's victory is its third conference title in a row and its victory margin was the largest in its three championships. It won by 19 shots in 2012 and 28 in 2011.
Breaking up WWU’s domination was Melissa Saken of Montana State Billings who finished third with a 158 total and Mandy Wittmier of Saint Martin’s who was fifth at 160.
Bourland and Saken had 77s Tuesday joining Zitzman as the only golfers to break 80 in the tournament’s second round.