MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Southern Nazarene has three players inside the top 30 after the first round of the Southern Bancorp Invitational hosted by Henderson State.
Bailey Blake led the way for the Crimson Storm as the freshman carded an opening round 78 on the 5,892-yard, par-72 course at the Big Creek Country Club. Blake is in a tie for 12th place, seven shots behind the tournament leader Lauren Johnson from Arkansas-Monticello.
Emilee White finished three shots behind Blake with a first round 81, placing her in a tie for 21st. Heidi Stafford posted an opening round 82, and Sarah Rovenstine shot an 83, placing the pair in a tie for 27th and 30th. Rachel Donaldson rounded out the top five for SNU with a 91, as she sits in 50th place after the first round.
The Storm shot a 324, tied for fifth place with Texas A&M-Kingsville. They are nine shots behind Henderson State, who sits in third place. Arkansas Tech leads the field after the first round, as the Golden Suns fired an opening round 298, and lead by 13 shots.
The final round will conclude Tuesday morning.
The Storm sit in a tie for third place with Missouri Western State, and trail first place Henderson State by eight shots. Missouri Southern State is in second at 591. SNU was just two strokes back after a 290 in the first round, but shot a 308 in the second round.
The Crimson Storm were led by Preston Lovett and Ryan Roberts who each carded a 145 total for the first two rounds and are tied for ninth. Roberts fired an opening round 68 as he was tied for the lead after the first round. Dylan Igo also posted a great two round score of a 149, as he sits in a tie for 12th place. Ondrej Melichar is tied for 22nd after a 153, and Rhett Bechtel is in 37th after a 160.
Missouri Western State’s Patrick McCarthy leads the tournament field after firing two under par rounds of 71 and 70 to lead by four shots. Roberts and Lovett are seven shots behind McCarthy entering the final round.
The final round will begin Tuesday morning.