Oct. 11, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Baylor women's golf is in 17th place after shooting 16-over-par 304 in Friday's opening round at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational at the UNC Finley Golf Course.
The Lady Bears will enter Saturday's second round in the 54-hole tournament just seven strokes back of the top 10. Laura Lonardi and Emma Carberry each shot 1-over-par 73 in the opening round and are tied for 22nd place individually. Hayley Davis and Natalia Perez both shot 7-over 79 to round out Baylor's scorecard, while freshman Maggie Beth Byers shot 83 in her first turn in the Baylor lineup.
Baylor players began the round from the 10th tee. Lonardi was 3-over through her first eight holes, but she made three birdies in a four-hole span to get back to even before making a bogey on No. 5. Carberry made birdies on her first and fourth holes of the round and took the turn at 1-under. Davis birdied No. 7, and Byers made birdie on No. 3 to give BU its other birdies in the first round.
Lonardi made birdies on her ninth, 10th and 12th holes of the round to play a four-hole span at 3-under.
Lonardi was one of only six players in the 96-player field to birdie the par-4 first hole and one of just 11 to make a birdie on the par-4 18th hole.
Carberry was one of nine players to make birdie on par-4 No. 11 and one of just 15 players to shoot under par on the par-3 15th hole.
Davis played her front nine at 5-over, but rebounded to shoot just 2-over on the back nine, including a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole.
Byers and Lonardi both birdies the par-5 fourth hole, helping BU shoot 2-under on No. 4.
STAT OF THE DAY
6 - the number of birdies on the par-4 first hole, including one by Lonardi, during the 96 rounds played on Friday.
"It was a tough day today for the Bears, but I know we are getting close," head coach Jay Goble said. "Hayley shot 79, but I feel she is on the verge of getting her game back. She's had a great attitude this week, and she is hitting it better. I'm very proud of both Emma and Laura - they played very solid rounds today and stayed patient on the golf course. I'm expecting a better day tomorrow."
Baylor players begin Saturday's second round on the 10th tee with Byers taking the first tee time at 8:09 a.m. CT. She'll be followed in nine-minute intervals by Perez, Davis, Carberry and Lonardi, respectively. Sunday's third and final round is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m.