Ueno Leads Field by Seven Strokes after First Day of Willamette Invitational

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(WOMEN'S GOLF) WOODBURN, ORE. -- Willamette University sophomore Whitney Ueno (Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) shot a 72 to lead the field by seven strokes after the first day of the Willamette Invitational at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course on Saturday, March 17. The University of Puget Sound built a 14-stroke advantage at the top of the team standings with a score of 345. Willamette ended the day in second place at 359 and Whitworth College was third at 362

Pacific University held fourth place at 363, while Linfield College was fifth at 367, Pacific Lutheran University was sixth at 396 and Corban College was seventh at 454. George Fox University and Lewis & Clark College did not field complete teams.

Ueno shot 35 over the front nine and 37 on the back nine to pull away from the other 38 golfers entered in the tournament. She ended the round seven strokes in front of Leslie Wheeler from Linfield and Emily Lau of Puget Sound, both at 79. Wheeler shot 41-38, while Lau carded 40-39. Fourth place was held by Angela Grossklaus of Pacific Lutheran at 84 (39-45). Rachel Shahbaz (Fr., Portland, OR/St. Mary's Academy) of Willamette was tied for fifth with an 85 (39-46). Also tied for fifth were Kelly Hartley of Pacific (40-45) and Krystal Pitkonen of Whitworth (41-44).

The Willamette Invitational is scheduled to conclude with another 18 holes on Sunday, March 18 at the OGA Golf Course. Tee time is slated for 11 a.m. (PDT).

Willamette Invitational - First Day Results

Whitney Ueno shot a 72 to lead by seven strokes after the first day of the Willamette Invitational.

Whitney Ueno shot a 72 to lead by seven strokes after the first day of the Willamette Invitational.