April 4, 2014
DALLAS – The Baylor women’s golf team is in first place after shooting 6-over-par 294 in Friday’s opening round at the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational. The Lady Bears hold a seven-stroke lead over second-place LSU entering Saturday’s second round at the three-day tournament.
This is the second time during the spring season that Baylor has been atop the leaderboard after a tournament’s first round – BU also led the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in February.
Baylor leads seven teams ranked in the top 50 nationally. Following Baylor is No. 18 LSU (+13, 301), No. 15 Oklahoma State (+17, 305), and No. 40 Kansas (+18, 306). The Lady Bears are also ahead of fellow Big 12 teams Texas Tech (+19, 307), TCU (+21, 309) and Kansas State (+30, 318).
Hayley Davis shot even-par 72 and is tied for second place, just one stroke back of Kansas’ Yupaporn Kawinpakorn. Both Laura Lonardi and Hadas Libman shot 1-over 73 to place them in a tie for seventh. Maggie Beth Byers is tied for 18th place after shooting 4-over 76, and Louise Gateau-Chovelon is tied for 41st place after carding a 7-over 79. Emma Carberry, who is playing as an individual, is tied for 74th place after shooting 12-over 84.
• BU played its first hole (No. 10) at 1-under par as a team, with Davis and Gateau-Chovelon each recording one of the seven birdies made on the hole during the first round.
• All Baylor players had at least one birdie on the back nine, with Lonardi leading with 3 birdies.
• Davis was the only Baylor player to have a birdie on the front 9 with a birdie on No. 8.
• Baylor also shot 1-under on No. 18 with birdies from both Lonardi and Byers – they were two of just eight players in the 87-player field to record birdies on the 18th hole.
STAT OF THE DAY
7 – The number of total birdies the Lady Bears had during the opening round. Each player in the BU lineup contributed at least one birdie, and Lonardi led the way with three birdies.
“I really believe that we’re better than we’ve been showing,” head coach Jay Goble said. “Hard work doesn’t always reward you when you want it to, but the girls have worked hard and they deserve to have success. The course here feels a lot like our home course, and the conditions today were favorable and very similar to what we play in at home.”
Baylor players begin Saturday’s second round from the first tee. Gateau-Chovelon has BU’s first tee time at 9:30 a.m., and she’ll be followed in nine-minute intervals by Byers, Libman, Lonardi and Davis, respectively. Carberry will tee off on No. 10 at 9:30 a.m. Sunday’s third and final round is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Live stats can be found on www.golfstat.com.