Sophomore Duo Of Haglund And Rossi Lead SMU On Day 1 Of UCF Challenge

Go smu! Alexandra Rossi
Go smu!
Alexandra Rossi
Go smu!

Feb. 9, 2014

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ORLANDO, Fla. (SMU) - Sophomores Jenny Haglund and Alexandra Rossi shot even-par 72s to lead the SMU women's golf team to the eighth-place spot of a tightly-packed leaderboard after the first round of the UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The Mustangs combined for a four-over 292 on Sunday.

Two strokes separate eighth and fourth on the team leaderboard after the first round.

“We started off pretty rough this morning, but I really like how mentally tough everyone was at the end of the round today,” head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. “I thought that we played very well on the back nine today.”

For Haglund, Sunday's round was her team-high sixth at par or better. The Karlstad, Sweden, native recorded four birdies and four bogeys, including two birdies on her final four holes (round was played as a shotgun start).

Rossi tallied her third round at par or better in 2013-14. After a three-over start five holes in, Rossi went on to birdie four of her next six holes. The Austin, Texas, native went one-under on her final five holes to finish her round at even-par.

Senior Maria Elena Villamil and junior Jennifer Park carded matching two-over 74s to finish the first round in a tie for 38th. Park's round tied a season-best for the SMU junior, who birdied two of her final three holes to close out her round on Sunday. Villamil started her round at five-over through seven holes, but carded three birdies and eight pars the rest of the way to match Park's two-over.

Freshman Lindsey McCurdy shot a 10-over in her first 18 holes of the spring of her rookie campaign.

Tournament hosts and 24th-ranked UCF has a five-stroke lead after the first 18 holes, after the Knights shot a six-under 282 on Sunday. UCF's Fanny Cnops led the field with a five-under 67 on Sunday.

The second round of the UCF Challenge will tee-off in another shotgun start on Monday at 8 a.m. CT