Feb. 9, 2014
PALOS VERDES, Calif. - The Baylor women's golf team sits atop the leaderboard after the first round at one of the nation's toughest tournaments, the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. BU shot 2-over-par 286 in Sunday's opening round at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, which was best in the 16-team field that includes the nation's five highest-ranked teams.
The Lady Bears head into Monday's second round two strokes ahead of No. 1-ranked USC (288) and four strokes ahead of No. 2 UCLA (290) and No. 3 Duke (290) in a tie for third place.
Newcomer Louise Gateau-Chovelon is tied for second place individually after shooting 3-under-par 68. It was the first collegiate round for Gateau-Chovelon, who joined the Baylor program in January. Fellow freshman Hadas Libman and junior Hayley Davis each shot even-par 71 to tie for sixth place. Sophomore Natalia Perez is tied for 41st with a 5-over 76, and sophomore Laura Lonardi shot 7-over 78 to finish the day tied for 68th place.
Gateau-Chovelon was 1-over through her first 10 holes played, then made birdies on four of her final eight holes to finish at 3-under-par.
Davis was 2-over through four holes, then made 12 pars and two birdies over her last 14 holes to finish at even-par.
Libman finished her round with three consecutive birdies to get back to even-par after sitting at 3-over through 15 holes.
The Lady Bears' four countable scores shot a combined 4-under-par after taking the turn - Gateau-Chovelon was 3-under, Davis was 2-under, Libman was 1-under and Perez was even-par.
STAT OF THE DAY
6 - the number of birdies made by Gateau-Chovelon during her collegiate debut - she started on the 10th tee and made birdies on the 11th, 16th, second, fifth, seventh and ninth holes.
"Compared to the way we played last semester, to come out today and have such a good round is exciting," head coach Jay Goble said. "It's really exciting to see two freshmen come out and play so well."
Baylor players begin Monday's second round from the first tee, with Lonardi heading out first at noon CT. She'll be followed in nine-minute intervals by Perez, Libman, Davis and Gateau-Chovelon, respectively.