CHANDLER, Ariz. – Junior Kaitlen Parsons carded a three-over par 75 to tie for second individually and NAU shot a 314 overall to rank second among 19 teams after the first day of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler.
Boise State has a seven-stroke advantage over the Lumberjacks while NAU was eight strokes better than the second best Big Sky team after day one, Portland State. The first round was played through a dust storm with sustained wind and gusts up to 60 miles per hour.
"Overall I thought we competed pretty well," NAU head coach Brad Bedortha said. "The conditions were extremely difficult and when you look at the individual and teams scores they're all pretty high as a result. We got off to a pretty good start and I thought we handled it pretty well, so overall I'm happy with how we played."
Parsons recorded a pair of birdies in her round, playing at even par through her first nine holes and making par or better on 15 of 18 holes overall. She tied with Camino Sardinero of UTEP for the second best round on the day and was four strokes back of individual leader Hayley Young of Boise State, who shot the only sub-par round of the day with a 71.
Just behind Parsons was sophomore Susana Mejia, who equaled her best round of the year with a 77 to tie for fourth place overall, the second time she has shot 77 on the Ocotillo course this season. Sophomore Darian Spivey finished her opening round tied for 11th place with a six-over par 78 while senior Stephanie Kim shot an 84 and freshman Savana Bezdicek shot an 87 to round out the Lumberjack scorers.
"Kaitlin played great; she had one bad hole but played great the rest of the day," Bedortha said. "She was really consistent all day long so it was pretty fun to watch. Susana and Darian played great as well and for them to step up today was awesome."
Sophomore Melissa Olson, competing as an individual in the tournament, carded an 80 to tie for 23rd overall following the opening round.
Round two at the Cowgirl Classic starts at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Cowgirl Classic – Through Round One
Ocotillo Golf Resort – Par 72
1. Boise State 307 +19
2. Northern Arizona 314 +26
3. UTEP 318 +30
4. Colorado State 320 +32
T5. Portland State 322 +34
T5. BYU 322 +34
T7. Xavier 325 +37
T7. Montana 325 +37
T7. Sacramento State 325 +37
T7. Eastern Washington 325 +37
11. Montana State 326 +38
T12. Wyoming 331 +43
T12. Seattle 331 +43
T14. Utah Valley 333 +45
T14. Santa Clara 333 +45
T14. Northern Colorado 333 +45
17. Weber State 336 +48
18. New Mexico State 338 +50
19 Southern Utah 354 +66
1. Hayley Young Boise State 71 -1
T2. Kaitlen Parsons Northern Arizona 75 +3
T2. Camino Sardinero UTEP 75 +3
T4. Susana Mejia Northern Arizona 77 +5
T4. Molly Dorans Montana State 77 +5
T4. Balbina Guajardo Santa Clara 77 +5
T4. Marissa Borja Eastern Washington 77 +5
T4. Lea Garner BYU 77 +5
T4. Britney Yada Portland State 77 +5
T4. Aram Choi Portland State 77 +5
Other NAU Results
T11. Darian Spivey 78
T23. Melissa Olson 80 (Individual)
T59. Stephanie Kim 84
T79. Savana Bezdicek 87