Women’s Golf Second After Day One at O’Brien National Invite
Photos by Sarah Miesle, Saint Mary's College
South Bend, Ind., September 16, 2012 — Senior Hannah Buck fired an opening round 74 (37-37) to lead the No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team on day one of the O’Brien National Invitational held at the Warren Golf Course on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
In a field that features of 10 of the top-15 teams in NCAA Division III, Washington University shot a 321 on the opening day and sits in second place just three shots shy of No. 1 ranked Methodist University. The winner of the 15-straight NCAA Division III national championships, Methodist fired a 318 on day one.
No. 3 Centre sits in third place and is seven shots back with a 325, while No. 6 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (329) and No. 7 George Fox University (331) round out the top five. Kelsey Morrison of George Fox fired an opening round 73 (38-35) and holds a one-shot lead over Buck in the individual standings.
“Hannah played great today. She really hit some good shots and had the putter working well,’ said fifth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “The rest of the team also played well. We feel like we’re in a good spot after day one and have been talking a lot about each individual playing their game not mater what is going on around them.”
Buck found a consistent stroke on Sunday after shooting an 84 and 83 two weeks ago at the Georgianni Memorial Invite in Eau Claire, Wis. She was -1 on the par three’s and the par 5’s, and tied for the tournament lead with three birdies on the opening day.
“I think most of us wish we could take a couple of shots back, but overall we’re pleased with today’s result, “ Buck said. “The course played tough, and the best teams in the country are here. So to be standing in second place is great.”
Sophomore Olivia Lugar, the 2011 O’Brien individual champion, fired a 77 (40-37) on the opening day and is tied for third place and is four shots back of the lead. Lugar played the par 5’s at even par, and was tied for fifth in pars with 10.
Freshman Connie Zhou is tied for 23rd place after an opening round 83 (44-39), while junior Andrea Hibbert sits in a tie for 35th place with an 87 (43-44). Freshman Erin Lawrence rounded out the starting lineup with a day one score of 89 (45-44) and is tied for 44th place. Senior Melanie Walsh competed as an individual and shot an 18-hole score of 88 (41-47) and is tied for 41st place. Walsh is tied with Buck and Miranda Santucci for first place in par 3 scoring (2.75, -1).
The final round of the O’Brien National Invitational will conclude with 18 holes on Monday beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Bear Notebook: As a team Washington U. led the tournament on day one with 10 birdies … The Bears were also tied for second in par 3 scoring (3.55, +11).