POOLER, Ga.—The No. 5-ranked William Woods University women’s golf team displayed a strong showing on day one of the NAIA National Championship on Tuesday, as the team finished in third place, after scoring a 17-over par 305.
Bellevue University, stands alone in first place, after they shot a 12-over par 300. British Columbia is in second, as they totaled a 13-over par 301, while Oklahoma City University shot a 19-over par 307 to finish in fourth. There is a two-way tie in fifth, as SCAD-Savannah and Northwood University, shot a 20-over par 308.
Due to lightning in the area, the first round of play was suspended, with approximately 10 of the afternoon pairings still on the course.
Individually, Heather Shake from Houston-Victoria, is the overall leader, as she is 1-under par through 12 holes of golf.
Representing William Woods, the trio of Megan Cullen, Jodie Peacock and Celia Mansour, are tied for 15th, after shooting a 4-over par 76.
Cullen, totaled one birdie and three bogeys on the front nine, with her birdie coming on the par three 177 yard sixth hole. On the back nine, the freshman limited herself to just two bogeys on the par four 10th and the par three 15th.
Peacock, a junior, started off her round on the right foot, as she birdied the par five 513 yard fifth hole, to move to 1-under par. After a bogey on the fifth, she was able to birdie the eighth hole, to get back under-par, but before she made the turn for the back nine, she bogeyed the par four ninth and scored a 36 through nine holes.
On the back nine, Peacock, totaled four bogeys, on holes 10, 12, 14 and 15, but closed out on a high note, collecting three straight pars.
Mansour, the reigning American Midwest Conference (AMC) Freshman and Player of the Year, had shot a 5-over par on the front nine, as she bogeyed holes one, seven and nine, while collecting a double-bogey on the par five fifth.
But in her first Nationals appearance, Mansour responded well on the back nine, as she was able to score par on the first eight holes and scored a birdie on the par four 18th, to finish the back nine at 1-under.
Another freshman, Katie Warren, is one stroke behind her fellow teammates, as she shot a 5-over par 77 on Tuesday. Starting on the front nine, Warren finished at 5-over, as she bogeyed holes two, six and nine, while suffering a double-bogey on the seventh.
Like Mansour, however, Warren dominated the back nine, as after bogeying the par four 11th, she scored her first birdie on the par five 13th and finished at even-par on the back nine and 5-over for the day.
Myriam Hassan, is not far behind as well, after totaling a 6-over par 78, the junior is in a tie for 42nd place. Also, starting one hole one, the front nine was not to kind towards Hassan, as she was 6-over, after totaling four bogeys and one double-bogey,
Like her teammates, however, the back nine is where she made her move, as she bogeyed holes 10 and 14, but knocked in a birdie on the par four 11th and the par four 18th, to finish at even-par on the back nine.
The Owls are well positioned to make a move for the top of the leaderboard on Wednesday in round two, as the team will tee off bright and early at 7:30 a.m., with Indiana Tech and Lewis-Clark State, but they will start on the back nine, where they found a lot of success today.
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