Oct. 15, 2007
LAS CRUISES, N.M. - After nearly a month off from tournament competition, the Baylor women's golf team returned to action on Monday at the Price's "Give-Em Five" Intercollegiate in Las Cruises, N.M., firing a first round 304 to finish six strokes behind first-place Missouri.
Freshman Lene Hafsten-Morch (Billingstad, Norway) shot a 38 on the front nine but quickly climbed the leaderboard after making the turn. Hafsten-Morch carded a 33 on the back nine, the lowest back nine of anyone at the event to pull her into a four-way tie for third place following first round action.
"I've been saying since the season began that we really needed our freshmen to find themselves and start playing to their full potential," said head coach Sylvia Ferdon. "Lene had a decent front nine, but really began to feel comfortable with her short game on the back nine. She's a girl that can hit the ball hard; it's play around the greens that we've been concentrating on and she looked like she's making some adjustments in the middle of her rounds to adjust to the course demands."
Sophomore Hannah Burke (Hertfordshire, England) and senior Sian Reddick (Folkestone, England) finished their first rounds at 5-over-par with a 77 and are currently tied for 35th place.
"Hannah and Sian had quality rounds," Ferdon said. "But, now that our freshmen are starting to emerge we really need our returning players to stay focused and play the game they are capable of playing. We're still in this tournament. It's a tight race with just six strokes between the top nine teams."
Natalie Hocott (San Antonio, Texas) and Morgan Chambers (Purcell, Okla.) finished one and two strokes behind the senior duo, recording first rounds of 78 and 79, respectively.
Missouri's Michelle Morgan currently has her time in the top spot with her tournament-leading 69 in the opening 18. Missouri (298) currently holds a two stroke lead over Oklahoma and UC-Davis.
The Bears will return to action on Tuesday as second round action gets underway from the New Mexico State Golf Club in Las Cruices, N.M.