KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C (February 26, 2018) -- Returning to tournament play for the first time in four months, ETSU’s women’s golf team began its 2018 spring season by placing 24th out of 43 squads after the first round of the Edwin Watts Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C.
The Bucs’ 304 team score has them in a tie with High Point and IUPUI in the team standings, eight shots out of the top ten with two rounds to play. The host school, the College of Charleston, has the first-round lead, one stroke ahead of William & Mary and two strokes up on Murray State.
The Bucs got their top scores from Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) and Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia), each posting a 3-over par 75 to tie for 61st on the individual leaderboard on a partly cloudy, 70-degree day on the par-72, 5964-yard Osprey Point Golf Club. They’re part of a crowded group of 82 players within six shots of the lead.
Kedlaya started her round on #4 and parred her first four holes before a bogey on the par-4 9th. She went even par over the next three holes before bogeying two of the next three. The sophomore picked up her first birdie on the par-4 16th, stumbled with consecutive bogeys on #1 and #2, but closed out with a birdie on the par-3 #3. Kedlaya went even par on par 3’s, putting her tied for 19th in that category.
Loy also started on #4 and began her round with nine consecutive pars. She double-bogeyed the par-4 13th before going even par over the next three holes. The junior got to 1-under with a birdie on the par-4 17th but ended up at +3 with back-to-back bogeys on #1 and #2. Loy’s 14 pars tied her for 6th-most on the day.
Loy went into the tournament hoping to move up in the standings for the Arnold Palmer Cup. She’s 14th in the latest International team rankings, announced on February 22. Loy was runner-up at the Edwin Watts last year.
Both Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) and Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkai, Thailand) shot a 77 to round out the Bucs’ team scoring and leave each in a tie for 104th in the field of 217 players.
Melecka started on #5 and bogeyed two of her first three hole before dropping in a birdie on the par-5 #8. The freshman bogeyed three of the next seven holes, parred five in a row, and finished with a bogey on #4.
Sararat started on #6 and took a few holes to find a rhythm, bogeying two of the first three and posting a double-bogey the par-4 10th. The freshman then steadied herself with nine consecutive pars before finishing with bogeys on her last two.
Yeji Ahn (Chang Won City, South Korea) closed her round with a birdie on the par-4 5th, ending the day at +9 81.
ETSU moves to the par-72, 5941-yard Oak Point Golf Club for Monday’s second round. Tee time is scheduled for 8:45 am.
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