Sept. 23, 2013
WOLCOTT, Colo. (SMU) - Senior Maria Elena Villamil and sophomore Jenny Haglund carded matching four-over 76s to lead the SMU women's golf team to a 25-over 313, good for eighth after Monday's opening round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club.
"We left a lot of strokes on the golf course today, so we have a lot of room for improvement the next two days," head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "We didn't do a good job in preparation for today, that's partly my fault and partly due to the weather. Hopefully we learn from today, and get ready for tomorrow. We're going to look to improve every day this season."
Villamil was one of just 11 players to birdie the 17th hole, the tournament's seventh toughest hole on the day, to cap-off a windy back nine on Monday afternoon, finishing the final nine holes at two-over. Haglund managed the back nine as well, shooting an identical 38, and the Mustang duo sits in 14th heading into tomorrow.
Alexandra Rossi carded a six-over 78 in the first round of her sophomore campaign, good for 30th in the 90-player field. Senior Caitlin Pisciotta shot an 11-over 83 and junior Jennifer Park finished with a 15-over 87 on Monday.
Reigning champion Pepperdine picked up where it left off during its last trip to Red Sky Golf Club, shooting a one-over 289 as a team. The Pepperdine trio of Marissa Chow, Alina Ching and reigning individual champion Grace Na are all tied atop the leaderboard at one-under (71).
The Golfweek Conference Challenge will continue tomorrow with tee-times beginning at 10:45 a.m. CT.