Cadence Hellmann attacked a difficult course to lead the University of Victoria Vikes women’s golf team to a tie for 16th place after the first round of action at the NAIA National Championship in Palm Beach, Fla. on May 22.
Hellmann shot a team-high three birdies on the day and her score of 74 puts her just two strokes back of the individual lead, in a tie for fifth place. The fifth-year Vike from Shelburne, Ont. showed off her consistency by carding ten pars in her round.
As a team, the Vikes sit in a tie for 16th alongside the University of Cumberland on 325 strokes. The leaderboard remains tight after the first day of action, with the Vikes sitting just ten strokes behind the sixth place teams from Keiser and Texas Wesleyan.
Second-year Rhiannon Jones was the next-lowest scorer from the Vikes, ending the day with a round of 81. Jones hit seven of her 11 pars on the back-nine to finish her round strongly.
Quinn Fitzgerald, a third-year from Calgary, Alta., is tied for 81st individually after her round of 83. Fitzgerald ended her day with four-straight pars, a stretch that included the intimidating holes 15, 16 and 17.
The tie for 16th is a positive sign for a Vikes team that is looking to finish in the top-15 at the NAIA National Championship for the first time in three years.
Day 2 of the four day event will see the Vikes hitting the links alongside Lindsey Wilson and Olivet Nazarene universities at 5:45 a.m. PDT. You can follow all of the action in Florida through live-scoring at golfstat.com