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This Week in WAC Women's Golf - April 4

This Week in WAC Women's Golf - April 4

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GCU'S LINAM NAMED WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE WEEK
Grand Canyon's Alexis Linam has been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for March 27 to April 2. Linam, a sophomore from Phoenix, saved the best for last at the Fresno State Classic, firing a school-record 7-under-par 65 to move up eight spots on the individual leaderboard and finish second with a 6-under-par 210, just one stroke off the lead. Despite highlighting the record-breaking round, she played well all week, shooting a 1-under-par 71 in the opening round before firing a 2-over-par 74 in the middle round. As a team, GCU finished second as well with a 3-over-par 867, which is the second-best 54-total in program history. 
 
Other women's nominees: Utah Valley's Nathalie Irlbacher led the Wolverines in their final regular-season event of the season, shooting a 4-over-par 220 to tie for 16th place at the Fresno State Classic.
 
ON THE TEE
It's the final week of the regular season as the WAC Championships begin April 18 in Lakewood, Wash. Chicago State tees it off first this week, heading to Ohio for the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational on Saturday. California Baptist will also be in the midwest, taking part in the Indiana State Spring Invitational. Kansas City hosts the Kansas City Intercollegiate and will be joined by UT Rio Grande Valley in Raymore, Mo. Finally, NM State, Seattle U and CSU Bakersfield make one more trip to Arizona for the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Maricopa.
 
BY THE NUMBERS
WAC-newcomer California Baptist sits atop the team leaders in stroke average at 295.3 through 23 rounds played. Grand Canyon is second at 299.2 followed by Utah Valley in third at 301.8. CBU's Erica Wang is the top individual with a stroke average of 73.2. NM State's Pun Chanachai is second at 74.1, followed by CBU's Yifei Wang in third at 74.2. GCU's Courtney Vogel is fourth at 74.5 followed by NM State's Dominique Galloway, also at 74.5.
 
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
California Baptist took to the course for their first NCAA Division I tournament on Sept. 15 at the USA Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala. and the Lancers made quite the entrance, earning the team title with a 4-under-par 860. Grand Canyon's Courtney Vogel earned the WAC's first individual title of the season, winning the Rose City Collegiate with a 2-under-par 211. Vogel also led the Lopes to a team title at the Battle at the Rock to open spring play while NM State's Pun Chanachai tied for medalist honors at the Mission Hills Individual Invitational. The Lancers earned their second title of the season on March 14-15 in St. George Utah, firing a 13-over-par 589 to win the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird. Most recently, NM State won the team title at the Red Rocks Invitational with a 1-over-par 853 while UVU's Kaylee Shimizu won the Anuenue Spring Break Classic with an even-par 216.
 
WELCOME TO THE WAC
California Baptist is the newest member of the Western Athletic Conference as the Lancers begin the four-year transition to NCAA Division I. While CBU will not be eligible to compete for the team title until the 2023 WAC Championship, the Lancers will be able to compete as individuals at the WAC Championship. In 2018, California Baptist placed second at the NCAA Division II Championship.
 
CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE
The 2018 WAC Women's Golf Championship heads to the Pacific Northwest and Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood, Wash. Built in 1966, Oakbrook Golf Club features hundreds of oak trees and immaculate turf conditions. In 2012, Oakbrook opened its doors to the public after 56 years of private operations. Ryan Moore, PGA Tour professional and Tacoma native, brings his knowledge of championship golf to Oakbrook Golf Club through Ryan Moore Golf ownership, to continually improve the golf course and elevate the overall guest experience.