KAPALUA, MAUI, HAWAI’I (March 26, 2018) -- All five players carded at least one birdie, but troubles after the turn hampered the ETSU women’s golf team in Monday’s first round of the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, in the program’s first-ever trip to Hawai’i.
The Bucs posted a team score of 22-over par 310 on the par-72, 6012-yard Bay Course at Kapalua, Maui to stand at 12th out of 13 teams with two rounds left to play.
The Bucs began their rounds on the 10th hole and the top four players were a combined 5-over park at the midway point. But the same quartet went 17-over on the inward leg to slide down the team standings.
The steadiest player after the turn was sophomore Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India), who carded seven pars and two bogies on the way to a round of 5-over par 77 to check in at a tie for 28th on the individual leaderboard. Kedlaya birdied the par-3 12th hole and the par-4 14th.
The top player of the day was reigning Southern Conference Player of the Week Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia). She was 1-over on the day going into the final two holes, only to end up with a 4-over 76 and tied for 21st on the leaderboard. Loy had closed out her front nine with consecutive birdies on the par-3 17th and par-5 18th.
Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkhai, Thailand) had perhaps the most eventful back nine of the day. The freshman was +1 at the turn, but posted two birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey over her last nine holes. She finished at 6-over 78, tied for 39th on the leaderboard.
Back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine short-circuited the round of Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic), who had birdied the par-5 1st hole. The freshman ended up at 7-over 79 and tied for 48th in the standings. Yeji Ahn (Chang Won City, South Korea) shot an 86, including a birdie on 17.
ACE REPORT: Cal Poly’s Sophie Bergland thrilled onlookers by firing a hole-in-one on the 144-yard, par-3 17th hole. Unfazed by the historic shot, Bergland followed up with a birdie on the par-5 18th. She ended the day with a 73.
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