April 25, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - The Baylor women's golf team is tied for fourth place after shooting 9-over-par 297 in Friday's opening round at the Big 12 Women's Championship at the UT Golf Club.
Laura Lonardi led Baylor with a 2-under-par 70, placing her in a tie for third place, just one stroke behind tournament leaders Chirapat Jao-Javanil from Oklahoma (-3, 69) and Yupaporn Kawinpakorn from Kansas (-3, 69). Hayley Davis shot 2-over 74, placing her in a tie for 14th place, and Natalia Perez is tied for 23rd place after shooting 4-over 76. Hadas Libman shot 5-over 77 to tie for 29th place, and Louise Gateau-Chovelon carded a 6-over 78 to tie for 34th place.
Baylor heads to the second of three rounds at the tournament just six strokes back of leader Oklahoma (+3, 291). The Lady Bears also trail Kansas State (+5, 293) and Texas Tech (+7, 295), and BU is tied with Texas and Kansas at 9-over 297.
Lonardi had the only eagle in the 45-player field when she carded a 3 on the par-5 ninth hole. She leads the tournament in par-5 scoring with an average of 4.25.
Baylor had eight birdies during the opening round, with two each from Davis, Lonardi, Libman and Perez.
As a team, Baylor shot 3-under-par on No. 9 and 1-under on No. 2.
Davis is tied for second in par 5 scoring, with an average of 4.50.
Lonardi is tied for seventh in par-4 scoring average at even-par 4.00.
Davis, Gateau-Chovelon and Lonardi each had 13 pars in the first round, tying for fifth-most in the field.
STAT OF THE DAY
1 - the number of eagles during the first round of the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship. Lonardi had the lone eagle on No. 9, which put her at even-par at the turn.
"We didn't have our A-games on today, but the girls kept fighting for every shot," head coach Jay Goble said. "We have a lot of golf left to play the next two days, and if they get on their A-games we'll be in good shape."
Baylor players begin Saturday's second round on the first hole at 8:50 a.m. CT. Gateau-Chovelon tees off first, followed by Libman at 9 a.m., Perez at 9:10 a.m., Davis at 9:20 a.m. and Lonardi at 9:30 a.m. The Lady Bears will be paired with players from Texas and Kansas in the second round. Sunday's final round tee times are to be determined. Live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com.