Taylor, Vikings first out of gates at Big Sky tourney
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Granite Pointe’s Lauren Taylor didn’t shoot the greatest round but her Vikings still had a great day.
Portland State rode the even-par round by Britney Yada to take a one-shot lead into day two of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship Monday at the at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.
Portland State, the defending Big Sky Champs, finished the day with a 303 score, one stroke in front of Northern Arizona and Montana.
Yada has a one-stroke lead over three players on the individual leaderboard. She made two birdies and two bogeys, firing nine-hole totals of 37 and 35 to complete the day at even par.
Ashli Helstrom and Lauren Howell of Montana, and Bethany Leclair of NAU are all one shot back at 73.
Meanwhile, Taylor, 19, and teammate Tiffany Schoning are among a group tied for 21st. Both shot 79 on Monday.
The L.V. Rogers Bomber golfing grad went out in seven-over par 43, but rallied to shoot an even 36 on the back nine.
The players tee off for round two at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and the same time Wednesday for the final round of the 54-hole tournament played on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort layout.
The winner of the tournament advances to an NCAA Regional on May 5-7, likely the West Regional at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, WA.