SEDONA, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's golf team is in fifth place after the first round of the Red Rocks Invitational after shooting a 39 team score Saturday.
"It was a step in the right direction," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "Obviously the golf course is pretty tough. We are not too far out and still feel like top five is a good goal. Having two freshmen back in the 70s is where we need them to be."
The Lumberjacks trail team leader Eastern Michigan at 305 by 14 strokes. Seattle is four strokes back at 309 followed by Xavier (312) and Grand Canyon (314).
Seattle's Caitlin McCleary leads the tournament by one stroke after shooting an even-par 72. Thirteen players are within five strokes of the individual lead.
"Our goal is to play better tomorrow and get four good scores in the house," said Bedortha. "We want to finish in the top five. It would a be a good confidence booster for the players moving forward."
Junior Stephanie Kim led the Lumberjacks with a five-over par 77 to tie for 10th. Freshman Laura Jabczenski was one stroke back with a six-over par 78 in the first round, tying for 15th place overall. Freshman Susana Mejia shot a seven-over par 79. Sophomore Kaitlen Parsons carded an 85 in the first round, while freshman Darian Spivey recorded a 90. Freshman Melissa Olson, who was playing as an individual, posted at 84 in the first round.
The second and final round will be contested on Sunday morning with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at Oakcreek Country Club.