LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Northeastern State women’s golf team sits second after Monday’s opening round of the 2014 MIAA Women’s Golf Championship, which is being contested on the par-72, 6,237-yard Alvamar Golf Club members course.
The RiverHawks shot 38-over-par 326 and landed six shots behind No. 13 Central Oklahoma (320). NSU gained a 19-stroke lead over third-place Lindenwood (345), while Northwest Missouri State (352) and Nebraska-Kearney (357) rounded out the top five.
Freshman Baylee Price bogeyed four of her final five holes to slip into a second-place tie with UCO’s June Tigert at 7-over 79. Fellow Broncho Taylor Neidy leads the field after carding a 4-over 76.
Junior Arizona Chin and freshman Sofia Castiello found themselves in a three-way tie for fourth with Lindenwood’s Julieta Rotzinger at 8-over 80. Chin shot 1-under in her final four holes of the day.
Sophomore Kayla Schroeder closed with just two bogeys in her final six holes to shoot 15-over 87 and sit in solo 15th, while junior Brooke Allison is tied for 28th at 23-over 95.
Northeastern State will be joined by UCO and Lindenwood in the final groups that will begin teeing off in Tuesday’s second round at 10:30 a.m.
In the men’s tournament at the same course, the NSU men are in second place.
The RiverHawks carded a 3-over score of 291 to find themselves eight strokes back of No. 9-ranked Central Missouri (283). NSU is also three strokes ahead of Washburn (294) and six clear of Lindenwood (297). Lincoln (300) rounded out the opening-round top 5.
Freshman Marc Johnson carded an even round of 72 to find himself atop the team standings and tied for sixth overall. Junior Josh Strimple, sophomore Brent Williamson and freshman Tate Williamson all fired identical 1-over 73’s to land in the team scoring and tie for 12th, while junior Brad Hager shot 5-over 77 and is tied for 34th.
Central Missouri’s Cy Moritz shot a 4-under 68 to lead the individual standings by three strokes over a group of four.
Northeastern State will begin teeing off in Tuesday’s second round at 11 a.m. The RiverHawks will be in the final trio of teams with Washburn and Central Missouri.