May 8, 2014
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Baylor women's golf team is tied for 18th place after shooting 9-over-par 297 in Thursday's opening round of the NCAA Division I East Regional at the SouthWood Golf Club. The Lady Bears are eight strokes back of the cut to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Hayley Davis led Baylor with an even-par 72, putting her in a tie for 30th place individually. Louise Gateau-Chovelon was only two strokes behind Davis, shooting 2-over 74 to put her in a tie for 63rd place. Hadas Libman is tied for 74th place after shooting 3-over 75, and Laura Lonardi is tied for 87th place after shooting 4-over 76. Maggie Beth Byers shot 5-over 77, putting her in a tie for 99th place.
Baylor was a combined 1-over at the turn after Lonardi shot 1-under on the front nine, while Davis and Gateau-Chovelon shot even-par and Libman was 2-over. All four counting players had multiple birdies on the front nine, but those players combined for only three birdies on the back nine.
Each BU player had at least one birdie in the first four holes of the opening round, and four of five BU players made birdie on No. 4, as the team combined to shoot 4-under on that hole.
Baylor was at 1-over-par through 11 holes before shooting 8-over-par over the final seven holes.
Davis, Libman and Gateau-Chovelon led the team in birdies with three apiece. Lonardi and Byers each had two.
Baylor shot 4-under on No. 4, 2-under on No. 2 and 1-under on No. 10.
Libman leads the tournament in par-3 scoring average at 2.50. She made two birdies and two pars on the four par-3 holes.
Gateau-Chovelon is tied for seventh in par-3 scoring average at 2.75.
Lonardi was 1-under through 11 holes before making five consecutive bogeys.
Davis birdied the 18th hole to get back to even-par.
STAT OF THE ROUND
4 - the number of strokes under par that BU shot on the par-5 fourth hole. Lonardi, Davis, Gateau-Chovelon and Byers all had birdies, and Libman made a par.
"We finished poorly on an easy golf course," head coach Jay Goble said. "Hayley played okay. Shooting 72 is okay. It's the easiest course we've played on."
Baylor plays the second round of the NCAA Division I East Regional on Friday. BU players will begin Friday's second round at 6:45 a.m. CT from the 10th hole in groups with players from Louisville and East Tennessee State. The Lady Bears will tee off in 11-minute intervals starting with Byers at 6:45 a.m. She'll be followed by Lonardi at 7:56 a.m., Libman at 7:07 a.m., Gateau-Chovelon at 7:18 a.m. and Davis at 7:29 a.m. Live scoring is available at www.GolfStat.com.