March 21, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - The Baylor women's golf team sits in seventh place after shooting 18-over-par 306 in Friday's opening round at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic at University Club. Baylor is only nine strokes behind tournament leader Purdue (+9 297), and the Lady Bears are within four strokes of cracking the top three.
Hayley Davis posted the lowest score for the Lady Bears in the opening round, shooting 1-over 73 to put her in fourth place individually. Louise Gateau-Chovelon was just two strokes behind Davis, posting a score of 3-over-par 75 to put her in 15th place. Hadas Libman shot 6-over 78, place her in 33rd after 18 holes.
Natalia Perez shot 8-over 80, which put her in 56th place, and Laura Lonardi ended the day in 73rd place after shooting 12-over 84. Maggie Beth Byers, playing as an individual, shot 3-over 75, placing her in a tie with Gateau-Chovelon for 15th place.
- Laura Lonardi was one of only seven players to have an eagle (on No. 6) in Friday's opening round. Her eagle led BU to shoot 1-under on No. 6.
- Both Davis and Libman shot 1-under on the back nine and Gateau-Chovelon shot 1-under on the front nine.
- Gateau-Chovelon leads the tournament in par 3 scoring at 2.50, is tied for 9th in par-4 scoring at 4.20, and is tied for third with four birdies.
- Byers is in fifth place in par-4 scoring at 4.10.
STAT OF THE DAY
15 - The total number of birdies for the Lady Bears in the opening round, including three birdies from Byers, who is playing as an individual.
"I think this course is a little visually intimidating off the tee in some spots, and I think our players let that get to them in a few different places throughout the day," head coach Jay Goble said. "If you're not really precise with your iron shots you can get a fairly marginal shot that turns out really bad out here. Our plan for tomorrow is just staying patient on the golf course, controlling our process, controlling what we can control and going out there and just fighting for every shot."
Due to impending weather, the Lady Bears will finish the tournament tomorrow, playing 36 holes with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. CT. Live scoring is available at www.birdiefire.com. Follow @BaylorWGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.