DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Led by sophomore Georgia Price’s (Winchester, England/Fort Myers HS) two-over 74 , the FGCU women’s golf team sits in 1st place on the 14-team leaderboard at the 2012 LPGA Xavier Collegiate Invitational at the LPGA International Golf Course.
"I’m extremely proud of the way we play today,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “The wind really picked up on the back nine, but we were able to keep our heads and manage our games really well. I'm very excited to get back out on the course tomorrow because we know that we left a few shots out there. If we can stick to our game plan of being patient and taking it one shot at a time I really like our chances."
The Green and Blue combined for an opening round score of 310 (4-over) to position themselves 1st on leaderboard. The Eagles lead tournament host Xavier (311, 5-over) by one stroke and Old Dominion (312, 6-over) and Mercer (312, 6-over) by two strokes.
Price paced the Green and Blue through the opening round of competition. The sophomore finished the first round with a 2-over par (74), good for third place in the 75-player field.
Freshman Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy HS) finished the afternoon tied for seventh place with a 4-over 76, while redshirt freshman Kristin Swindell (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River HS) and freshman Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane), competing in her first collegiate competition, turned in 80s to sit in t-23th place.
Rounding out the FGCU scorecard was freshman Rebecca Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./JW Mitchell HS), who carded a 19-over 91 to finish the opening round in a tie for 67th place.
The second round of the LPGA Invitational is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Tournament results after each round will be available on FGCUAthletics.com and linked to the schedule on the women's golf page.
FGCU Results (13th; 331-327=658)
3. Georgia Price – 37-37/74 (+2)
T-7. Sara Detlefsen – 39-37/76 (+4)
T-23. Kristin Swindell – 42-38/80 (+8)
T-23. Mei Khuan Yong – 40-40/80 (+8)
T-67. Rebecca Van Etten – 45-46/91 (+19)
LPGA International Course
Round: 1 Par-Yardage: 72-6178
Teams Scores (14)
1. FGCU, 310 (+22)
2. Xavier, 311 (+23)
T3. Old Dominion, 312 (+24)
T3. Mercer, 312 (+24)
5. Bethune-Cookman, 315 (+27)
6. Daytona St., 316 (+28)
7. North Florida, 317 (+29)
8. McNeese State, 318 (+30)
9. Stetson, 320 (+32)
10. ULM, 324 (+36)
11. UAB, 329 (+41)
12. South Dakota State, 341 (+53)
13. Northern Kentucky, 347 (+59)
14. North Dakota, 355 (+67)