Sept. 20, 2013
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Baylor women's golf finished Friday's first round of play in sixth place at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course in Franklin, Tenn. The Lady Bears shot 4-over-par 292 in the first of three rounds in their first-ever appearance at the tournament.
Junior Hayley Davis shot 4-under-par 68 to finish the day in a tie for first place with Alabama's Stephanie Meadow. Davis and Meadow are one stroke ahead of North Carolina State's Augusta James, who is in third place at 3-under-par. Junior Emma Carberry shot even-par-72 to put her in a tie for 14th place.
Sophomores Laura Lonardi and Annette Lyche are tied for 46th place after shooting 4-over-par 76, while freshman Hadas Libman shot 5-over-par 77 to put her in a tie for 60th place. Sophomore Natalia Perez, who is playing as an individual, shot 5-over-par 77 in the first round.
Baylor is one stroke back of North Carolina State (+3) in fifth place and just three strokes back of UCLA and Vanderbilt (+1), which are tied for second behind tournament leader Arizona State (-3).
Baylor posted a lower first-round score than five of the eight top-25 ranked teams in the tournament.
BU is just three strokes back of a pair of teams tied for second place.
Baylor leads the 15-team field with a 3.00 scoring average on par-3 holes.
The Lady Bears combined for 15 birdies, which tied for fifth-most in the opening round.
Davis was the only player in the field to record six birdies in the opening round.
Davis and Perez each played par-3 holes at 1-under-par, placing them among eight players out of 88 in the field who shot below par on the par 3s.
STAT OF THE DAY
6 - number of birdies Hayley Davis recorded during her opening round, more than any other player in the field.
"What I saw from Hayley today is the Hayley I'm used to seeing," head coach Jay Goble said. "She specializes in putts - that's one of the things she's really good at - and that's what she gave us today."
Baylor plays the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship on Saturday. The Lady Bears begin the round for the first hole with Libman taking the first tee time at 8:45 a.m. CT. She'll be followed in nine-minute intervals by Lyche, Lonardi, Carberry and Davis, respectively, while Perez tees off from No. 10 at 9:53 a.m. Live scoring can be found at http://bfire.co/-c78b0/. Follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the season.