With four players among the top 10 in medalist play, Western Washington University has an eight-stroke lead after Monday's first round of the third annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship being held at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course.
The Vikings, who have won the first two GNAC titles, shot 319 on Monday. Montana State Billings is second at 327, followed by Saint Martin's 332, Simon Fraser 341 and Northwest Nazarene 346.
WWU's Anna Bourland is tied for first in medalist play at 7-over par 78 with Saint Martin's Mandy Wittmier. Tied for third at 79 are the Vikings' Kristen Hansen and Simon Fraser's Erin Farner.
WWU's Brooke Branigan is tied for sixth, finishing with an 80 after shooting 36 on the front nine. Audrey Orem, who shot 82, is tied for 10th; and Emily Koryto, who shot 90, is tied for 18th.