Women’s Golf in Third Place After Day One at WUSTL Spring Invitational
Madison, Ill., April 6, 2013 — The No. 3 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team shot an opening round 328 Saturday to sit in third place at the Washington University Spring Invitational held at Gateway National Golf Links in Madison, Ill.
The field includes 20 teams from NCAA Division III, NAIA and Junior College, including seven of the top-25 teams from NCAA Division III.
NAIA No. 5 William Woods University fired an opening round 314, and holds a six-shot lead over NCAA Division III No. 6 DePauw University (320). Washington U. (328), No. 17 ranked Birmingham Southern University (337) and No. 10 Wittenberg University (343) round out the top five.
Mryiam Hassan (William Woods), Abby Dickey (DePauw) and Jodie Peacock (William Woods) all fired a 76 and sit in a three-way tie for first place in the individual standings.
Freshman Connie Zhou and senior Melanie Walsh led the charge for Washington U. in the opening round with a 79, just three shots off the lead and in a three-way tie for sixth place. Zhou, who entered the day ranked No. 8 in Division III, rallied from a 42 on the front nine for a 37 on the back. Walsh, who is playing as individual, fired a 38 on the front and a 41 on the back.
Senior Hannah Buck fought the 25-mile per hour wind gusts throughout the day for an 81 (44-37), just five shots back and in a two-way tie for 11th place. Junior Andrea Hibbert fired an 83 (42-41) and is in a tie for 15th place, while sophomore Olivia Lugar is tied for 28th with an 85 (44-41). Freshman Erin Lawrence rounded out the Bears’ lineup with a 92 (51-41) and is in a tie for 77th place.
Junior Allyson Chee (91, 70st place) and sophomore MacKenzie Findlay (103, 104th place) also competed as individuals for Washington University.
The final round of the Second Annual Washington University Spring Invitational will conclude with 18 holes on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.