Keiser and University of the Cumberlands Tied after First Round at NAIA Championship
By Tommy Chasanoff, NAIA Media Coordinator
Pooler, Ga. – (Results - Individual | Team | Combined) (Third Round Pairings) Defending NAIA National Champion Keiser and fifth-ranked University of the Cumberlands both carded a 306 in the first round of the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship being held at Savannah Quarters Country Clubs. The teams finished their first round after play was suspended on Tuesday due to inclement weather.
The second round of the NAIA Championship will take place Thursday, May 19, with two waves teeing off of holes one and ten. The top 15 teams will be in the first wave that is set to begin at 8:00 a.m., while the remaining 12 teams and nine individual qualifiers with be in the second wave which tees off at 12:30 p.m.
Last year’s individual runner-up, Elsa Westin of Keiser, carded a one-under-par, 71, in the opening round to be atop the individual leaderboard. This is the first time since 2014 that a play shot under par in the first round of the championship.
Kaitlyn Riley (University of the Cumberlands), Courtney Dye (Indiana Tech), and Sarah Gillards (Coastal Georgia) are tied for second place one stroke back. A trio of golfers are two shots back and shooting a one-over-par, 73, in the first round.
The Seahawks was the only team to have all four counters shoot 79 or lower in the first round, while Cumberlands’ top three players each carded a 76 or lower. Coastal Georgia is in third place two strokes back. Nine teams are within six strokes of the leader heading into the second round of play tomorrow.
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