PALM DESERT, Calif. (Classic Club) -- Bemidji State University women’s golf team sits eighth as it got the 2011 spring golf season underway with the opening round of the Classic Club Invitational in Palm Desert, Calif. Wednesday. The Beavers shot 413 (+125) in the first 18 holes and were led by sophomore Kathryn Stoffels (Maple Grove, Minn.), who carded a 24-over-par 96 on day one to hold down 42nd individually.
BSU’s 413 on day one of the two-day, 36-hole tournament, left the team 84 strokes off the pace set by Ashland University (Ohio), which carded a 329 (+41) to sit atop the leader board after 18 holes. The Eagles currently own a two-shot lead over tournament host and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) counterpart Concordia University, St. Paul (341/+43) and the rest of the championship field.
Grand Valley State University’s Allie Tyler turned in the low score on day one, firing a 41-37--78 (+6) for a one-stroke lead over teammate Sarah Hoffman (40-39--79 (+7) and Southwest Minnesota State University’s KC Kane (38-41--79 (+7) in the chase for medallist honors.
In addition to Stoffels, four other players contributed to the team score. Newcomer Maria Sloan (Fr., Coleraine, Minn.), is tied for 43rd with 50-51--101 (+29). Senior Marissa Mackedanz (Paynesville, Minn.) sits in 46th place after carding 56-50--106 (+34), while Lindsay Morgan (So., Crookston, Minn.) and Rachel Wold (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) rounded out the team’s performance locked in a tie for 47th place at +38 (110).
The teams are back at the par-72, 5,886-yard Classic Club today at 11 a.m. PST to wrap up the invitational with a single, 18-hole round.