Vikings lead Big Sky Golf Championship

CHANDLER, Ariz — Three Portland State golfers posted red numbers as the Vikings took the lead after 18 holes of the 2013 Big Sky Conference Golf Championship.

Portland State, seeking its third title in four seasons, carded a two-over-par 290 and leads Northern Arizona by nine shots. In the 19 previous league championships, Northern Arizona and Portland State have combined for 12 titles.

The 54-hole tournament continues Monday at 6:30 a.m. from the Ocotillo Golf Resort. Live results are available all tournament at

Northern Arizona, which won at Ocotillo in the 2009 Championship, shot a 299. Sacramento State is in third place at 300, followed by Eastern Washington and Weber State at 301.

Viking senior Britney Yada, who won the 2011 Big Sky individual championship, shot a two-under-par 70 in Sunday’s first round, which was played in perfect golf conditions. Teammates A Ram Choi and Riley Leming both recorded one-under-par 71s.

Portland State’s 290 tied for the fourth-lowest round in tournament history.

Choi and Leming are tied with Montana’s Olivia Weber for second place. Defending individual champion Carleigh Silvers of Northern Colorado is in a six-way tie for fifth at 73. Southern Utah’s Sadie Palmer, Montana State’s Paige Crawford, Northern Arizona’s Kaitlen Parsons and Darian Spivey, also shot 73, along with Eastern Washington freshman Marissa Borja.

— Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Golf Championship results