JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Paced by a three-under par by Emily Brooks, the Elon women’s golf team sits in third place following the first round of the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational with a score of 293.
Brooks began her day on the back nine and put up pars on each of her first four holes before notching a birdie on the par-four 14th hole. She would finish the back nine at one-under before carding birdies on three out of her final nine holes to finish with a 69 to share the individual lead with UNCG’s Berglind Bjornsdottir.
With a one-over par 73 on day one, Kathryn Buckingham ended the round tied for 12th out of 92 participants. Buckingham notched birdies on both the par-four 12th and par-four third holes over her round.
Sunna Vidisdottir also had two pars on the day – the par-four third and par-five seventh – on her way to a three-over 75 on day one. Vidisdottir sits in a tie for 34th.
Both Kelsey Badmaev and Katie Partridge are tied for 44th following a first-round mark of 75. Badmaev carded birdies on one and two, while Partridge went one-under on 13 and 16.
Competing as an individual, Taylor Wilkerson shot a 79 and is tied for 66th after day one. She tallied one birdie on the day.
Pacing the 16-team field after day one is Delaware. The Blue Hens finished with a score of 291 to lead Georgia State (292) by one stroke.
The Phoenix, sitting third, is just two strokes back of the leader.
Western Carolina (295) and Southern Illinois (296) round out the top five teams.
Besides Western Carolina, three other SoCon teams are represented in the field. Wofford (T-6th, 300) Samford (T-10th, 303) and UNCG (T-13th, 306).
Round two will be played at the Eagle Landing Golf Club on Saturday.