By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
LINCOLN, Neb. — (Day One Results: Team | Individual | Day Two Pairings) Defending national champion Oklahoma City picked up where it left off in Lincoln, closing day one atop the leaderboard at the 2014 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships. For the second-straight year, the 72-hole stroke play tournament is being contested at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
The Stars, who qualified as the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament champion, had all four of their scoring individuals shoot 78-or-better en route to a 14-over par 302. Senior Elia Folch, the 2013 national runner-up, led the way for the Stars with an even-par 72.
Top-ranked SCAD Savannah (Ga.) sits in second place after finishing the day two strokes behind the Stars with a 16-over par 304. William Woods (Mo.) (307), Coastal Georgia (308) and Cumberlands (Ky.) (310) round out the top five after 18 holes.
Junior Bri LaFoca of Northwood (Fla.) paces the 144-player field after recording the lone under-par round, a 1-under 71. Four players are tied for second place after carding even-par 72 rounds—Folch, junior Laura Glass of Bethel (Ind.), senior Christian Liggin of Coastal Georgia and sophomore Daniela Martinez of Northwood (Texas). Martinez (pictured) had arguably the most exciting moment of the day when she found the bottom of the cup for a hole-in-one on par-three hole No. 2.
Individually, freshman Candice Lindeque of Cumberlands was the biggest surprise of the day. The No. 5 golfer for the Patriots carded a career-best 1-over 73 to tie freshman Cassidy Scantland of Campbellsville (Ky.) and junior Stephanie Wong of British Columbia for sixth place following day one action. The Boksburg, South Africa, native, birdied holes No. 5 and No. 14 to shave two strokes off her previous low round of 75. Lindeque entered the national championship with an average round score of 82.25.
The start times rotate on day two with Coastal Georgia, Indiana Tech and Brescia (Ky.) on No. 1 at 7:30 a.m., while Northwood (Fla.), Bethel and Loyola (La.) are on No. 10 at 7:30 a.m. British Columbia, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) begin round two afternoon action at No. 1 at 1:00 p.m. SCAD Savannah, Victoria (B.C.) and William Penn (Iowa) will lead the afternoon competitors off No. 10.
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