Behind solid opening rounds from seniors Haley Green and Chantry McMahan, A&M-Commerce opened up the 2013-14 season strong, shooting a 20-over 308 and sitting fifth after 18 holes at the Texas Wesleyan Hawks Creek Invitational.
Green sits tied for eighth in the individual standings after carding a 2-over 74, one stroke off her career-low. She recovered from a 3-over 39 over the opening nine holes to fire a 1-unde 35 over the back nine. Green leads fellow senior Chantry McMahan by one shot after she posted a 3-over 75, matching Green’s 1-under 35 over the final nine holes.
Freshman Zoey Daneshfar also had an impressive showing in her first collegiate round, posting a 1-over the front nine before settling in at 6-over 78, tied for 18th overall. Fellow freshman Emily Taylor sits two strokes back with a 9-over 81 while senior Chelsea McCoy rounded out the Lion scorecard with an 11-over 83. Sophomore Ali Leasor also carded a 9-over 81 competing as a medalist.
A&M-Commerce sits in prime position to make a run up the leaderboard as the Lions hold a 12-shot advantage over sixth-place Western Texas C.C. (32-over 320). A&M-Commerce enters Tuesday’s final round just two shots back of fourth-place Northwood (18-over 306) and is eight strokes behind third-place Cameron (12-over 300).
Oklahoma Christian holds the opening round lead with a 9-over 297, leading second-place Incarnate Word (11-over 299) by just two strokes. With just 11 shots separating the first-place Eagles and the fifth-place Lions, Tuesday’s final round is setting itself up for an exciting finish.
The final 18 holes gets underway Tuesday morning as A&M-Commerce will be teamed up with Northwood and Western Texas C.C. in the final round pairings. Full results will be posted as they become available at LionAthletics.com.
2013 Texas Wesleyan Hawks Creek Invitational First Round Result
Place Golfer Score
T-8th Haley Green 39-35=74 (+2)
T-10th Chantry McMahan 40-35=75 (+3)
T-18th Zoey Daneshfar 37-41=78 (+6)
T-27th Emily Taylor 43-38=81 (+9)
Ali Leasor 40-41=81 (+9)
T-33rd Chelsea McCoy 42-41=83 (+11)
5th A&M-Commerce 308 (+20)