With one round to play in the Women’s City Tournament golf championships, Nancy Eglin has encountered a strong challenge in her quest to win her seventh title.

Debbie Nethery shot an 8-over-par 80 Tuesday during damp and breezy conditions at the Yakima Country Club to forge a tie with Eglin at 158. Eglin, the first-round leader after a 76 at SunTides Golf Course, shot 82 Tuesday.

Nine-time winner Pat Martin, the defending champion, was also in strong contention after a second-consecutive 80 left her within two shots of the leaders.

Following a day off today, the tournament will conclude Thursday with 18 holes at the Yakima Elks Golf & Country Club in Selah.

Nethery’s score was the best Tuesday among the leaders by two shots. Claudette Huber, with an 85, was eight shots off the pace while Nancy Slinkard was at 170 and Shelly Yarbrough was at 173.

Eglin had won five consecutive City titles before Martin prevailed last year.

Huber held a commanding lead in low net of the field competition at 134, nine shots lower than Nethery.

Karen Cooper held the First Flight lead at 187, three shots better than Barb Fortier and Judy Rozelle. In the Second Flight, Cathy Buchanan was the leader at 187 while Barb Walkenhauer was second at 194.


Tuesday at SunTides Golf Course, par 71

Low Gross of the Field: (tie) Nancy Eglin 76-82—158, Debbie Nethery 78-80—158. Low Net of the Field: Claudette Huber 64-70—134.


Gross: 1, Pat Martin 80-80—160; 2, Claudette Huber 79-85—164; 3, Nancy Slinkard 81-89—170; 4, Shelly Yarbrough 81-92—173. Net: 1, Debbie Nethery 71-72—143; 2, Linda Lenseigne 66-79—145; 3, Pat Martin 74-74—148; 4, Cindi Stewart 76-73—149.


Gross: 1, Karen Cooper 89-98—187; 2, (tie) Barb Fortier 91-99—190, Judy Rozelle 97-93—190; 4, Sally Berreth 93-98—191; 5, (tie) Kim Wangler 91-103—194, Linda Plummer 94-100—194. Net: 1, Sally Berreth 71-75—146; 2, Barb Fortier 71-78—149; 3, Karen Cooper 71-79—150; 4, Judy Rozelle 79-75—154.


Gross: 1, Cathy Buchanan 89-98—187; 2, Barb Walkenhauer 97-97—194; 3, Kristi Turner 99-107—206; 4, Helen Tweedy 102-105—207. Net: 1, Barb Walkenhauer 71-69—140; 2, Cathy Buchanan 67-75—142; 3, Sally Anderson 71-81—152; 4, Helen Tweedy 71-79—156.