Whitman women win Aloha Oahu Classic in sudden death

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HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Whitman College women’s golf team won the Aloha Oahu Classic here Friday. The Missionaries defeated Carlton College of Minnesota in a sudden death playoff.

The tournament featured a unique combination of medal play on Thursday at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course and a round of match play at Ko’olau Golf Course on Friday.

On Thursday, Carlton took the first-day lead by two strokes over Whitman, shooting a team score of 353 to Whitman’s 355, followed by Hawaii Pacific University at 371. The Knights were led by Taylor Wells’ 86 while the Missionaries top score was fired by Katie Zajicek with an 85. Whitman’s Elaine Whaley took medalist honors with an 84.

The last day of the match determined whether sudden death was necessary. Zajicek made the turn after nine holes down two to Wells of Carlton. A birdie three on the 10th hole started a comeback for Zajicek that saw her take the lead for the first time on No. 16. Wells bounced back to even the match with an up-and-down from out of the forest on 17 for par to send the match back to even.

Zajicek calmly closed out the match portion of the tournament with a one-putt par to win her match by one hole. The full point made the score 3 1/2 Whitman to 1 1/2 Carlton.

With Carlton victorious in the medal play and Whitman victorious in match play, a sudden death playoff featuring all five players from each team playing the par-5 first hole to determine the tournament champion.

In the playoff Caitlin Holland and Catelyn Webber both made pars for the Missionaries while Zajicek and Kelly Sweeney made bogies. The four counting scores for Carlton were all bogey sixes, leaving Whitman with a two-stroke win in the sudden death format.

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