Toledo Six Strokes Out of Lead After Day 1 of MACs; Stephanie St-Jean Tied for 1st
FISHERS, IN – Junior Stephanie St-Jean is tied for first place and Toledo is just six strokes out of the lead following Friday’s opening round of the 2014 Mid-American Conference Women’s Golf Championship. The tournament is being played at the par-72, 6,127-yard Hawthowns Golf & Country Club.
“We played a lot of great golf today, and we’re in a good position being just six strokes behind a very talented Kent State team,” Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. “I’m extremely proud of Stephanie and how she’s turned around her season the last two weeks with her performance at Ohio State and now today’s tremendous round. She’s playing with a lot of confidence and it’s great to see.”
St-Jean shot an even-par 72 thanks to sinking birdie putts on two of her last three holes to lead the Rockets to a team total of 14-over par 302. UT’s team score is just six strokes behind Kent State (296), the only school to win the league title in the 15 previous years it has been held.
St. Jean was one-under par on Hawthorns’ par-five holes, one-over par on par-four holes and even on the par-three holes.
Sophomore Sathika Ruenreong, who is Toledo’s stroke average leader at 74.3, shot a three-over par 75 and is tied for seventh place. Ruenreong registered 15 pars during her round, tying EMU’s Karyn Lee Ping for the most during today’s action.
The tournament’s second round will be held tomorrow morning with the Rockets’ first tee time set for 9:40 a.m.
1. Kent State 296 (+8); 2. Toledo 302 (+14); 3. Akron 313 (+25); T4. Eastern Michigan 314 (+26); T4. Northern Illinois 314 (+26); T6. Ball State 318 (+30); T6. Ohio 318 (+30); 8. Western Michigan 322 (+34); 9. Bowling Green 330 (+42)
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
T1. Stephanie St-Jean (UT) 72 (E); T1. Wad Phaewchimplee (KSU) 72 (E); T3. Hailey Hyrnewich (Ohio) 73 (+1); T3. Josee Doyon (KSU) 73 (+1); T3. Karyn Lee Ping (EMU) 73 (+1)