Women’s Golf tied for lead at Golfweek Red Sky Classic
Women’s Golf tied for lead at Golfweek Red Sky Classic
Monday, September 27, 2021

Bucs collect 20 birdies in Monday’s opening round

WOLCOTT, Colo. (Sept. 27, 2021) – Highlighted by 20 birdies and three Buccaneers carding rounds below par, the ETSU women’s golf team got off to a strong start following Monday’s opening round of the Golfweek Red Sky Classic.

The 41st-ranked Bucs are tied for the lead after firing a 9-under-par 279, which was one stroke shy of tying the single-round program record, set last season at the River Landing Classic. ETSU dominated the par-3 and par-5s as they combined to play the holes at 13-under-par. The Bucs played the par-3s at 7-under to lead the 20-team field in the statistical category.

The Bucs are tied with Northern Arizona, while No. 24 BYU is in third-place at 7-under-par 281. Colorado (No. 58), Central Arkansas and Denver are all tied for fourth at 5-under-par 283.

Senior Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic), who is eyeing her fifth collegiate win, paced the Blue and Gold after posting a 5-under-par 67, marking the second-lowest round of her Buccaneer career. Melecka accounted for seven of the Bucs’ birdies, which were tied for the second-most among the 105-player field. The reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year started the round on the back nine where she posted three birdies and six pars, while moving to six-under following four birdies over a five-hole stretch on the front nine. Melecka missed tying her lowest collegiate score after posting a bogey on the par-4, 335-yard No. 8.

Melecka is tied for tied third and one shot off the lead. BYU’s Kerstin Fotu and Denver’s Anna Catherine Krekling are tied atop the leaderboard at 6-under-par 66.

Newcomers Hollie Muse (Liverpool, England) and Sera Hasegawa (Gifu, Japan) are also in the top 20 on the individual leaderboard. Muse is tied for 11th at 3-under-par 69 and Hasegawa is tied for 20th at 2-under-par 70.

Melecka and Hasegawa both played the par-3s at 2-under-par, tying for the second-lowest total in round one. Hasegawa was one of 13 golfers to register an eagle as she walked away with a four on the par-5, 513-yard No. 18. Northern Arizona’s Eliska Kocourkova posted a hole-in-one on the par-3, 132-yard No. 3.

The Bucs are grouped with Northern Arizona, BYU and Central Arkansas in Tuesday’s second round. ETSU tees off from No. 1 starting at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Live scoring for the tournament is featured on Golfstat.com. Updates will also be posted on Twitter at @ETSUWomensGolf, while recaps will be posted on  ETSUBucs.com at the conclusion of each day.

For more information on ETSU women’s golf, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s golf tab.