WWU women's golf third at Viking Invitational


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Western's Anna Bourland at the WWU Women's Invitational golf tournament at Bellingham Golf and Country Club in Bellingham, Monday, Oct 7, 2013.


Western Washington University is third, nine strokes off the lead, among 12 teams competing in the 20th Viking Women's Golf Invitational, which began Monday, Oct. 7, at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.

Tuesday's final round starts at 9 a.m.

The Vikings, who have taken top honors at their tourney in nine of the last 11 years and 12 overall, shot 313.

British Columbia, coming off a win at the Saint Martin's Invitational held Friday and Saturday, leads at 12-over par 304. Defending champion Hawaii Pacific is second at 311.

"The way it was this morning, I wasn't sure if we were going to tee it up, it was raining so hard," WWU coach Bo Stephan said in a phone interview, "but it turned out to be a nice day.

"Overall, we played solid. I don't think anyone would say that they played great, but it was a good start. We're not far enough out of it where we can't come back and win it."

WWU's Kristen Hansen shot 2-over 75 and is fifth in the medalist standings.

"She played the best for us," Stephan said. "She didn't have the best finish, but she played really well."

The Vikings' Anna Bourland and Brooke Branigan are in a six-way tie for 14th, each shooting 79. Audrey Orem shot 80 and is tied for 20th, Emily Koryto shot 81 and is tied for 29th and Katya Case, playing as an individual, shot 82 and is tied for 34th.

Tied for the medalist lead at 2-under 71 are British Columbia's Stephanie Wong and Saint Martin's Jennifer Liedes. UBC's Kat Kennedy is third (73) and Hawaii Hilo's Jade Salvador is fourth (74).

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