Bucs' Jansone on top of individual leaderboard
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (April 12, 2010) - The ETSU women's golf team enjoyed a strong opening day, but a surprise leader still sits atop the team standings after the first round of the 2010 Atlantic Sun Women's Golf Championships Monday at the Venetian Bay Golf Club.
The Buccaneers placed three players in the Top 10, including a first place showing by senior Laura Jansone (Jurmala, Latvia), the Medalist at the 2008 A-Sun Championships. Jansone carded the lone sub-par round of the day, a 3-under-par 69.
While Jansone holds a three stroke edge over the rest of the field, she was joined in the Top 10 by teammates Mayte Vizcarrondo (Cadiz, Spain) and Nina Muehl (Vienna, Austria). Vizcarrondo is tied for seventh with a 73, while Muehl is tied for ninth after carding 74.
As a team, the Buccaneers played the final three holes at two-under par to finish in second place, just one stroke back of first-round leader Florida Gulf Coast.
"We had a good first round and we're right there," said ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton. "Laura posted a great score, and Mayte and Nina played well, too. We just have to keep battling for the next two rounds."
FGCU, competing in its second A-Sun Championship, set a first-round scoring record with a 6-over 294, breaking Campbell's mark of 296 set in 2007. Junior Katerina Toomalatai and freshman Briana Carlson each fired even par rounds of 72 to pace the Eagles. The team score looks even more impressive after FGCU finished the round at 5-over par on the course's four par-5's. Those holes surrendered 27 birdies to the field in the first round.
In addition to the FGCU duo, three other players finished at even par: Stetson's Alexandria Buelow, Kennesaw State's Jordan Lazenby and Jacksonville's Francesca Yong. One of the top-rated freshmen in the country, Buelow went for five birdies in her first Atlantic Sun Conference championship round.
Second round action begins at 8:00 a.m. with USC Upstate's Johanna Ebenhag and Lipscomb's Ansley Smith set to strike the day's opening tee shots. Follow all the action at GolfStat.com.
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