KNOXVILLE (Oct. 17, 2014) – With a roster consisting of one junior, two sophomores and two freshmen, the ETSU women’s golf team knew there may be growing pains this season. After the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate at the Cherokee Country Club, the Buccaneers were working hard on the driving range late into the afternoon to learn and improve from the day’s results.
While junior Vivienne Chin (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia) and redshirt freshman Dominika Czudkova (Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic) posted team-best scores of 77 and 78, respectively, on Friday afternoon, no other ETSU player carded a score in the 70s and the Bucs struggled to a tie for 13th after first round play at the event hosted by the University of Tennessee. The Bucs posted a team score of 317 and finished tied with Penn State and Chattanooga on the 16-team leaderboard.
In the team competition, Kent State fired a team score of 289 to hold a four-stroke lead over second place Louisville. Individually, Furman’s Taylor Totland – who is currently ranked No. 14 in the country – is leading the event at 1-under-par 70, while a trio of players tied for second at even par.
For the day, Chin finished tied for 47th, while Czudkova tied for 53rd. Other ETSU results included a tie for 71st by sophomores Rachel Pollock (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) and Linda Dobele (Ogre, Latvia), along with a tie for 81st by freshman Allyson Dunn (Kingsport).
The Bucs will continue with second round play in Knoxville on Saturday, followed by third and final round action on Sunday. For more on ETSU women’s golf throughout the 2014-15 season, visit ETSUBuccs.com and click on the women’s golf link.