Stars take two-shot lead after first round at NAIA National Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. – Oklahoma City University fired 302 at sat in first place Tuesday after the first round of the NAIA Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

The Stars, ranked No. 2 in NAIA women’s golf, made 10 birdies on the par-72, 5,962-yard course and held a two-shot advantage over SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) after one round of play.

"I’m very pleased with how the girls competed and fought through a rough start today," OCU coach Marty McCauley said. "We still have a lot of golf to play, but we certainly put ourselves in a solid position to start the tournament."

Elia Folch paced the Stars with a round-one 72. The senior from Barcelona, Spain, carded three birdies on the day and grabbed a share of second place with Laura Glass of Bethel (Ind.), Christian Liggin of Coastal Georgia and Daniela Martinez of Northwood (Texas).

The quartet finished the first round one shot behind Bri LaFoca of Northwood (Fla.).
Freshman Anna Mikish, of Choctaw, Okla. turned in a first-round score of 75. Mikish rolled in three birdies on the back nine and took a share of 11th place.

Caroline Goodin, a freshman from Oklahoma City, finished the first round in a tie for 25th place. Goodin birdied the par-3 12th hole and carded a score of 77.

Freshman Kailey Campbell, of Oktaha, Okla., shot 78 in the first round and earned a share of 32nd place. Campbell carded three birdies on the day.

Katie-Lee Wilson, a freshman from Owasso, Okla., rounded out the Stars’ top five with a round-one 83. Wilson made par on all four par-5 holes on the day.

Teams saw temperatures range from low 70s to high 80s with light winds on the day.

Fellow Sooner Athletic Conference member Northwood (Texas) shot a round-one 317 and sat in 10th place.

OCU will return to action in the second round of the NAIA Championships at 1:50 p.m. CDT at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.

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