Washington U. Women’s Golf in 12th Place After Day One at 2013 NCAA Championship
Destin, Fla., May 14, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team fired an 18-hole score of 333 (+45) on Tuesday to sit in 12th place after day one of the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
“We're disappointed with our play today, but we'll be ready to go tomorrow. We've been a confident team all year, so I have no doubt that each player will lean on their past performances to remember how well they've played during the season,” said fifth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “This is the national championship, so we know that we just have to keep going forward and our players know that we have to try to play a little better than the day before. If we stick to that game plan, I am sure we will see better scores.”
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor shot an opening round 306 (+18) on day one to take the overall team lead, while the University of Texas-Tyler is three shots back after a 309 (+21). Laura Lindsey of Texas-Tyler fired an even-par 72 to hold a one-stroke lead in the individual standings.
Sophomore Olivia Lugar was the lone player to break 80 on the opening round, firing a seven-over 79 to sit in a tie for 17th place. Lugar is seven shots off the individual lead. She shot a three-over 39 on the front nine, with birdies on No. 2 and No. 5. Lugar got into a groove on the back nine with a birdie on No. 11 and four pars, but ended the round with a double bogey on the par 4 No. 18.
"We all had a few big numbers, and that's the kind of course we are playing. If you make a mistake, it can cause you to score higher than usual," said Lugar. "We are just going to have to handle our bad shots a little better and settle into our games. I know we had quite a few penalties for going in the water or something, so hopefully Wednesday will avoid those kind of strokes."
Senior Hannah Buck shot a five-over 41 on both the front and back nine for an opening round 82, good for a tie for 34th place. Buck, a three-time All-American, rallied from a triple bogey on No. 5 with a birdie on No. 7 to shoot 41 on the front. She was more consistent on the back, with six bogeys, two pars and a birdie on the par five No. 13.
Junior Andrea Hibbert fired after an opening round 84 (+12) and sits in a tie for 50th place. Hibbert started fast recording a par on the opening three holes, but a quadruple bogey on the par-3, 130-yard hole No. 7 pushed Hibbert to a six-over 42 on the front nine. Hibbert was six-over on the back, recording a birdie on No. 11 and a triple bogey on No. 12.
Freshman Connie Zhou entered the day ranked No. 17 in Division III in scoring (78.28), but had two doubles bogeys and a triple bogey to shoot a 16-over 88 and is tied for 72nd place. Zhou had three pars on the front nine for a seven-over 43, and had three pars on the back for a nine-over 45.
Senior Melanie Walsh struggled from start to finish on the opening day of the championship, firing a 19-over par 91 to sit in a tie for 88th place. Walsh shot a nine-over 45 on the front nine and a 10-over 46 on the back nine. She had five pars on the day.
Washington University continues play on Wednesday with 18 holes beginning at 7:30 a.m. (ET). Washington U. is paired up with Centre College and the University of Texas-Tyler for the second-straight day.
Bear Notebook: In four trips to the NCAA Championship, the Bears have averaged a 338.75 on the opening day … The 333 was the second lowest on day one in school history.