Vikes women face difficult conditions for opening round of NAIA Nationals
(Day 2 Pairings) Much like the men’s championships the University of Victoria Vikes women faced difficult weather conditions for the opening round of the NAIA women’s golf national championship. The four-day event at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida was delayed nearly an hour and a half on the opening day due to heavy rain. Round 1 play was postponed as storms rolled in and light faded away, while winds picked up through much of the afternoon.
Despite Round 1 not being fully complete the Vikes currently sit in 27th with a 421 (+61) team score. Vikes leader Laura Ferreira, who alongside team mate Hannah Diamond, still has three holes to play tomorrow but sits tied for 59th with an 81 (+9) score through 15 holes. Nicole Gargarella was the next lowest score on the Vikes as she finished with an 88 (+16). Diamond and fellow Vike Melanie Murchison carded a 90 (+18), while Rhiannon Jones finished with a 93 (+21).
"The course played hard for the whole field," said Ferreira, frustrated with the conditions but ultimately disappointed with today's performance. "Scores were high in the first round and we are looking to regroup and do better tomorrow. We got a lightning delay Hannah and I have to finish our rounds tomorrow morning before our second round."
"We have to get it done and go low tomorrow. We let the course get the best of us today and we have to do better."
First-round leader Oklahoma City, who completed their round this morning, posted a 306 (+18). The Stars were led by Anna Mikish, who carded three birdies to record a 74 (+2).
The two of the three closest teams to Oklahoma City after Round 1 - Northwestern Ohio, William Penn (Iowa) and Dalton State (Ga.) - were unable to complete their rounds. The Roadrunners posted a 315 (+27) to finish tied for third with William Penn who was unable to finish.
Courtney Dye of Indiana Tech and Aleesha Smith of William Carey (Miss.) finished the day tied for first recording a 72 (E).
"We didn't come out of the gate that well today," said Vikes coach David Rands, who traveled with the team to Florida. "The girls know they can all play well and they are all good players. We can turn this around tomorrow and tomorrow is all we can worry about."
Round one play continues on May 24 at 7:30 a.m.