Tusculum shoots 296 to take first day lead at LMU Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate

Tusculum shoots 296 to take first day lead at LMU Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate

FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. --- The Tusculum women's golf team fired an opening round 296 to take the day one lead at the 2018 Lincoln Memorial Spring Kickoff Intercollegiate on Monday.  The two-day, 36-hole event is being held at the par-71, 5,844-yard Fleming Island Golf Club.

The Pioneers, who are ranked 37th in the nation, have a one-shot lead over the host No. 48 Lincoln Memorial (297) and three shots clear of 29th-ranked North Georgia, who is in third place.

Tusculum junior Cydney Murrell paced the Pioneers with her even par round of 71.  Murrell opened with a pair of birdies to start her round and finished with five on the day to go along with five bogeys and eight pars.  She is one shot off the pace set by first round leader Abbey Hartsell of Lenoir-Rhyne who posted a one-under par 70.

TC senior Ciara Rattana is tied for fifth place with her opening 73 (+1).  She opened with a bogey and proceeded to birdie three of the next five holes to get to two-under par.  Bogeys on holes seven and eight followed by six straight pars had her at even par. She bogeyed No. 15 and No. 18 to finish her opening round.

Junior Katie Tomassoni shot 75 and is tied for 12th place.  Tomassoni stumbled out of the gate shooting a five-over par 41 in her first nine holes. But she rebounded nicely shooting one-under par 34 with birdies on No. 14 and No. 18 with a bogey on No. 13 as the only blemish on her inward nine.

Junior Taylor White is tied for 18th place with a 77, while freshman Mackenzie Butler is 53rd following her 97.  TC senior Sayre Hopper shot 94, playing as an individual competitor and is in 52nd place.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the No. 32 team in NCAA Division II, is in fourth place following a team score of 300.  No. 11 Wingate is in fifth place with 305, while No. 31 Carson-Newman is sixth with 314.  Coker is seventh 316, followed by 39th-ranked Queens University of Charlotte (317), Belmont Abbey (318) and Southern Wesleyan (322) to round out the field.

Tusculum's 296 is the third lowest round in school history and the best 18-hole score not shot on its home course, Link Hills Country Club.

The final round will be played on Tuesday.

 

Team Results

Pl.

Team

TOT

1

TUSCULUM

296

2

Lincoln Memorial

297

3

North Georgia

299

4

Lenoir-Rhyne

300

5

Wingate

305

6

Carson-Newman

306

7

Coker

316

8

Queens (N.C.)

317

9

Belmont Abbey

318

10

Southern Wesleyan

322

                    

Tusculum Individual Scores

Pl

Player

TOT

2

Cydney Murrell

71

T5

Ciara Rattana

73

T12

Katie Tomassoni

75

T18

Taylor White

77

52

Sayre Hopper*

94

53

Mackenzie Butler

97

* individual competitor