Washington’s Sarah Rhee is the individual leader with three other Huskies in the top seven.

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With Sarah Rhee leading the way, and four players in the top seven, Washington got off to a great start Tuesday in its own Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational women’s golf event at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish.

The Huskies fired a 286 in the first round, then improved to a 284 in the second round for a 6-under 570. Oregon State is second, 15 strokes behind at 9-over going into the final round.

Rhee had a 71-67—138 on the 6,014-yard, par-72 Sammamish course for a three-shot lead.

“Overall, our group had a solid day on a difficult course,” said UW coach Mary Lou Mulflur. “This morning was tough weather-wise, it was cold and wet, which just adds another level to the day but they battled through it and I was really pleased with how they played in the afternoon round.”

Rino Sasaki (69-72—141) of UW was tied for second while Husky Julianne Alvarez (72-72—144) was tied for fifth and Martha Lewis (74-71—145) was seventh.

“Sarah just continues to be steady and solid and it was nice to see Julianne, Rino and Martha have some strong play. We’re excited to get back out there tomorrow and see what we can do.” Mulflur said.

Seattle University was in 11th place.


• Washington State improved two places to finish eighth at the Paintbrush Invitational at the Colorado Golf Club in Parker. The Cougars fired a 294 behind a 73 by AJ Armstrong, who tied for 17th at 5-over 221.