Xavier Leads CAA Women's Golf Championship After First Round
The Musketeers recorded a 313 on the 6,066-yard, par 72 course during a mostly overcast Friday. The first round of the championship saw a brief steady shower late in the round, as Delaware stands in second place with a team score of 316. In third place is Richmond (317), while James Madison follows closely behind at 321. William & Mary will enter the second round in fifth place (330), followed by the CAA defending champion UNCW (332) in sixth place. Dayton (341), Towson (342) and Hofstra (348) rounded out the team scoring after the first day of action.
Shane Crutchfield, currently in second place, led the Musketeers after carding 75 in the first round. Teammate Breanna Patz completed the opening round tied for fourth with a score of 77, followed by Ariel McNair who is tied for eighth place after carding an 80 on Friday. Patz led the field in pars with 14.
Delaware, which is just in its second year as a Division I program, was led by freshman Vimonthip Benjasupawan and sophomore Baralee Theinthong as they each carded 77 to finish tied for fourth after 18-holes. The Blue Hens also received help from teammates Natalie Filler and Annie Bowlsby as they each scored 81 and are tied for 13th.
Martin, who finished the opening day in the lead among all individuals carding a 74, guided the Spiders to a third place start in the tournament. She scored 74 in the opening round, followed by teammate Eliza Breed’s score of 80 (T8). Breed scored the 13th eagle in CAA Championship history on Friday on the Hole 3 (par 5).
James Madison’s Shabril Brewer led the Dukes to a fourth place finish after the first round as she tabbed a team-best 76 for the third best individual overall mark of the day. JMU’s Nikola Wessels carded a 79 and will enter the second round in seventh place.
Also among the top 10 individual leaders is William & Mary’s Kelly Okun and Towson’s Tensley Clowser and Viveka Singh, who each carded 80 during the first round and are tied for eighth place with Breed and McNair.
Brewer, Crutchfield and Filler led the field with three birdies a piece on the first round.
The 54-hole championship is scheduled to continue on Saturday. The teams will start at split tees at 10:00 a.m., which has been pushed back from the original 9:00 a.m. start due to expected early morning storms, on the Reserve Club. Xavier, Delaware, Richmond, James Madison, William & Mary and UNCW will tee-off on the first tee, while Dayton, Towson and Hofstra will tee-off on the 10th tee. Live scoring will be available at GolfStat.com