Sorrento, Fla. – The Akron women's golf team carded a 302 (+14), placing third after 18-holes of the MSU Spring Citrus Challenge hosted by Morehead State at the par-72, 5,929-yard RedTail Golf Club on Sunday.
"We handled the breezy conditions and fast greens fairly well and had minimal mistakes," head coach Jenny King said. "If we capitalize on birdie opportunities tomorrow, we will put ourselves in a great position for the final round. We are off to a good start, so the key is to focusing on one shot at a time for the remainder of the tournament."
Akron currently has three players on the leaderboard's Top 20. Junior Pader Her (Holt, Mich.) led the Zips' scoring with an even-par 72 first round score. Her is currently trials the leaders, Madeline Marck-Sherk (Florida Gulf Coast) and Brooklyn Sutton (Texas A&M), by one stroke in a three-way tie for third place.
Freshman Allyson Wentworth (Stewartsville, N.J.) and senior Alejandra Velasco-Villanueva (Guadalajara, Mexico) rounded out the Zips' team scoring with 80 (+8) and 83 (+11) scores, while Mallory Etcheberry (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) carded an 86 (+14) as an individual.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi currently leads the team scoring with a 298 (+10), while Florida Gulf Coast is second overall with a 300 (+12) team effort.
The Zips will be back on the course for round two on Monday, March 20, beginning at 10:09 a.m. from hole No. 1 – Etcheberry (10:09), Velasco-Villanueva (10:18), Wentworth (10:27), Dull (10:36), Nicholson (10:45), and Her (10:54).