LINCOLN, Neb. – Sunny and mild weather greeted the field of 70 golfers as the Concordia University women’s golf program hosted a meet for the first time during the 2017-18 season. Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln, Neb., served as the venue for the first of the two-day Concordia Bulldog Invite that began at noon on Thursday (April 19). Heading into the second round, the Bulldogs sit in 10th place among 11 teams.
Head coach Brett Muller’s squad turned in a 367. Concordia is within striking distance of Dordt (358) and Peru State (361).
Individually, sophomore Murphy Sears again led the way for the Bulldogs. She stands in a tie for 12th with an eight-over-par 80 on the home course. Five of her teammates also navigated the sweeping, rolling terrain at Highlands. Next in line after Sears were Haley Nolde (95), Madison Pitsch (95), Payton DeMers-Sahling (97), Paighton Barbre (101) and Gabrielle Coviello (102).
The field at the invite includes nine GPAC members as well as Bellevue University (first place) and Peru State College. Eleven players shot in the 70s on Thursday, including Briar Cliff’s Taylor Minger (73), the tournament leader.
The 367 carded on Thursday was Concordia’s second best team score of 2017-18. The only lower round turned in this season was a 343 at the CSM/Midland Invite on April 5.
Day two of the Concordia Bulldog Invite has been pushed back a half hour to a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start on Friday (April 20).