Phalajivin Leads the Bears in Round One at Rio Verde, Team Currently in 17th
The Missouri State women’s golf team shot 318 as a team on Friday in the first round of the Duramed Collegiate Invitational at Rio Verde. The three-day tournament is comprised of 20 teams and is being played on the par 71, 6,260-yard Quail Run Golf Course in Rio Verde, Arizona.
Leading the team competition is Kansas with an 18-hole team total of 294. The Bears are five strokes out of ninth place currently held by Minnesota, Arkansas-Little Rock and Northwestern. Each team posted a first round total of 313.
The Bears were led by senior captain Amy Phalajivin with a seven-over-par round of 78. She is currently in a tie for 31st place. A stroke behind Phalajivin was freshman Catherine Dolan. Dolan carded 79 for the first round of the three day event to finish the day tied in 43rd place. Freshman teammate Kelsey Welber was third for the Bears with a round of 80. She is tied in 53rd place.
Also for the Bears was junior Stacey Rodger and freshman Emily Potts. The two women posted rounds of 81 and 82, respectively. Rodger is in a tie for 62nd place, and Potts enters the second round tied in 73rd place.
Leading the individual portion of the tournament is Kaylnd Carson of Kansas and Michelle Hui of Toledo. The two women posted one-over-par rounds of 71.
The Bears are scheduled to play the second round of competition on Saturday with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Scores can be viewed live at www.golfstat.com.