HOUSTON – Tomas Adalsteinsson's Williams women's golf team is three shots off the pace after the first round of the four-round NCAA Tournament being played at Bay Oaks Country Club.
The University of Redlands leads the 25-team field shooting 306, which put them 18 over par. One shot back of the Redlands Bulldogs is DePauw University and Methodist University who tallied a 307. Williams carded a 309 on the day and the consensus among the Williams players was that they felt that they had not shot their best on this warm and breezy day.
The Ephs entered the tourney ranked eighth in the WGCA national poll and they were seeded sixth in the tournament. Redlands was the 11th seed and DePauw was seeded fifth, while Methodist was seeded 10th.
Number one seeded Carleton College and second seeded George Fox University are four shots off the lead with a team score of 310. Third seeded NYU and 17th seeded Washington & Lee University sit five shots off the pace.
The Ephs were paired with George Fox University and Grinnell College this morning and they will play with the same players again tomorrow.
Today the Ephs started on the 10th tee and tomorrow they will go off the first tee. Senior Cori Chan led the Ephs with a three over par 75. On her front nine which was holes 10-18 she went three over par carding six pars and three bogeys to make the turn at 39.
Chan played even par on the front nine scoring a 36, but it was an up and down round. Chan birdied the first and third holes, but sandwiched in between was a double bogey on the second hole. A bogey on the par four sixth was quickly counterbalanced by a birdie on the seventh hole.
First year Olivia White shot a 78 with two bogeys and two birdies on her first nine holes and a double bogey on 13 left her two over at the turn. Six pars and three bogeys on holes 1-9 left White three over on the front and five over on the day.
First year Joanna Kim played the first nine holes in just two over, but on the holes 1-9 (her back nine) her five pars were offset by four bogeys and she ended the day shooting 78.
Sophomore Stella Woo went four over through the first nine holes played and then shot three over on the remaining nine holes to shoot 79.
Sophomore Holly Davenport shot four over in her first nine holes and after getting a birdie on her 17th hole struggle don the 18th hole and recorded a triple bogey to end up with a round of 80.
Round two for the Ephs will start at 1:20 PM tomorrow on the first tee.