KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northeastern State holds onto a nine stroke lead after the first day of the MIAA Championship on Monday at the Swope Memorial Golf Course.
The RiverHawks started on the right foot in their title defense with consistency by having a tournament high 45 pars and scoring a 321. All five NSU players are inside the top-15 overall with Ebba Moberg leading the way with a 79.
“Character, mental toughness, and poise won the day for us,” said head coach Scott Varner. “Truly the way we played the last six holes was where we separated…proud of our girl’s fight.”
The RiverHawks lead Central Oklahoma who shot a 330, and Lindenwood with a 334.
On the individual leaderboard, Dakota Limkemann of Lindenwood and Marla Souvannasing of Central Oklahoma are tied for the lead after carding 77s.
The second of three rounds starts at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday with the RiverHawks playing on the front nine.
Souvannasing and Sydney Roberts were among the few individuals who managed to break 80 on the first day of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Women’s Golf Championships here Monday to keep Central Oklahoma near the top of the team standings.
Sounvannasing is tied for the individual lead after shooting a 77 and Roberts is third after an opening 78 as the Bronchos finished with a 330 total on the 5,893-yard, par-72 Swope Memorial Golf Course that was buffeted by high winds throughout the day. NSU leads the 10-team tourney at 321, followed by UCO, Lindenwood (334), Missouri Western (336) and Central Missouri (342).
Second-round play begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, with Wednesday’s final round also set to start at 8:30.
“The wind was really blowing today and the course played extremely tough,” head coach Michael Bond said. “Marla and Sydney both did a great job managing their games in the conditions and kept us in the tournament. Tomorrow will be a big day, but there’s a lot of golf left.”
Souvannasing and Roberts were two of just four golfers to shoot in the 70s in the opening round. The average score on the day was a robust 89.64 and 16 of the 50 players failed to break 90.
UCO also got an 86 from Makena Mucciaccio, while Anna Pool shot 89 and J.T. Neuzil 92.
Souvannasing shares the individual lead with Lindenwood’s Dakota Limkemann. The junior standout bogeyed the first two holes en route to a front-nine 39 and double bogeyed the par-4 10th hole to drop to five-over before playing the final eight holes even par to come in with a 38 for her 77.
Roberts was 1-under-par through seven holes, but finished bogey-double bogey for a front nine 38. The freshman came back with a closing 40 for the 78 that has her just one shot out of the individual lead.