Elena Villamil carded a one-over 73 on Friday
March 21, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. (SMU) – Senior Maria Elena Villamil turned in her best round of the month, carding a one-over 73 to lead the SMU women’s golf team to an 11-over 299, good for second after the first round of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic on Friday at the University Club of Baton Rouge. Purdue leads the 15-team field after its nine-over 297 on Friday.
“I feel like we’ve been getting a little bit better every time we tee it up, and it was nice for it to show in the way of good scores out there today,” head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. “This is a very tough golf course, so we talked about how important it was to focus on doing the best we could from where we were on the course. I thought we did a good job of executing that today. We had a very good mentality and great focus throughout the round.”
Villamil finished the first round in a tie for fourth. The SMU senior’s card was split between four bogeys and three birdies on Friday, after making the turn at even-par.
Sophomore Jenny Haglund and junior Jennifer Park joined Villamil in the top-10 when the teams entered the clubhouse after the first round. Haglund and Park will enter Saturday’s second round in a tie for ninth. Haglund, who made the turn at two-over, turned in three birdies on the day, including two on par-5s. Park, who was is in the third spot of the Mustangs’ lineup this week, finished her opening round with a two-over 74. After starting at +3 through the first six, Park answered back with three birdies and two bogeys the rest of the way to finish with a 74. All three of Park’s birdies on the day came on par-4s.
Freshman Katie Page tallied a six-over 78, sitting in 33rd after the opening day, finishing both the front and the back nine and three-over. Sophomore Alexandra Rossi finished her first round at seven-over, good for 43rd on the individual leaderboard. Sitting at six-over through nine, Rossi got back on track in the final nine holes, recording just two bogies to go along with a birdie on the par-four seventh on her final nine holes.
Due to weather forecasts for Saturday night and Sunday in the Baton Rouge area, the tournament will be turned into a two-day event with 36 holes set to be played tomorrow. Live results can be tracked at BirdieFire.com.