CHANDLER, Ariz. – Junior Kaitlen Parsons shot a two-over par 74 to lead the Northern Arizona women's golf team after the first round of The Lumberjack at Ocotillo. The Lumberjacks are in second place overall after posting a 316 team score in the opening round at Ocotillo Golf Resort. The first round was played in chilly and windy conditions.
"I thought a couple of them handled it very well," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "We could have played better in a few spots. If we get another score in there, it makes all the difference in the world. That is the key to golf to get four scores. I think we will bounce back tomorrow and improve upon on our position."
McNeese State leads the team competition after recording a 300 in the opening round. Linda Lagergren and Kelsey Haynie of McNesse State both carded one-over par rounds of 73 to tie for the lead in the individual completion.
Parsons is third overall after her 74, followed by Rebekah Pruett and Elin Andersson of McNeese State. The Greenacres, Wash., native was comfortable in the weather conditions that were similar to her prep experiences in the state of Washington.
"It was definitely a flashback moment from high school," said Parsons of the weather conditions. "I have always played in this weather. It was a home atmosphere. On the driving range it was rocky. I was warming up and things were not going well. We have been working on trusting your swing and knowing it is there. On the first tee that is what I focused on."
Parsons credited her bunker play for her strong round.
"My bunker play was extremely good," said Parsons. "I could get up and down and normally I struggle. I did not feel like I struggled in the bunker today. I just need to go back out there with the confidence I had today. Commitment is what we are learning in our game. I want to go out there and play to the best of my ability."
Freshman Savana Bezdicek is tied for fifth with four players after a five-over par 77. She opened with a 40 on the front nine before closing with a one-over par 37 on the back nine. Senior Stephanie Kim is 15th after an 80 in the first round. Sophomore Darian Spivey had an 85 and Melissa Olson posted an 86.
"We have to learn from the experience today and adapt and modify," said Bedortha. "We are used to playing in warmer weather down here and it probably did not get warmer than 55 degrees today. It was cold."
The second round will be played on Tuesday starting at 7:30 a.m.
The Lumberjack at Ocotillo
Ocotillo Golf Resort, Par 72
1. McNeese State 300 +12
2. Northern Arizona 316 +28
3. Weber State 327 +39
4. Southern Utah 329 +41
5. British Columbia, U. 330 +42
6. Northern Colorado 334 +46
7. Eastern Washington 336 +48
8. Montana State 338 +50
9. Utah Valley 339 +51
10. North Dakota 359 +71
11. Idaho State 380 +92
T1. Lina Lagergren, McNeese State 73 +1
T1. Kelsey Haynie, McNeese State 73 +1
3. Kaitlen Parsons, Northern Arizona 74 +2
4. Rebekah Pruett, McNeese State 76 +4
T5. Elin Andersson*, McNeese State 77 +5
T5. Monica Jung, Southern Utah 77 +5
T5. Sadie Palmer, Southern Utah 77 +5
T5. Savana Bezdicek, Northern Arizona 77 +5
T9. McKayla Anderson, McNeese State 78 +6
T9. Amanda Snyder, Weber State 78 +6
Other NAU Results
15. Stephanie Kim 80
T21. Susana Mejia* 83
T31. Darian Spivey 85
T35. Melissa Olson 86
T35. Laura Jabczenski 86