FORT MYERS, Florida- With four players in the top-20 after the opening round the North Texas women's golf team is only one stroke off the lead at the 34th Annual Pat Bradley FIU Invitational.
The Mean Green, the defending champion of the event, fired a 301 in the opening round and trail Boston College by just one after the opening day. North Texas is going after its first tournament title of the season.
"Today was not a flashy round, but we managed to hang in there," said head coach Jeff Mitchell. "We are going to have to play better the next two rounds to win. They say you can't win a tournament in the first round, but you can lose it. We started pretty poorly, but we rallied on the back nine to stay in the tournament."
Addison Long is tied for fourth after shooting a 2-over par 74. Long was 4-over par after 13 holes but had two birdies in the final three holes. Long trails the leaders by only two strokes after 18 holes.
McKenzie Ralston and Kelsey Kipp shot 3-over par in their opening rounds and are tied for 10th place. Ralston was without a birdie until the 14th hole when she then notched her first of two birdies on the day. Kipp was steady with 14 pars on the day.
Jacey Chun was 5-over on the day and is tied for 20th place while Chaslyn Chrismer is one stroke behind at 6-over 78 and tied for 27th place.
The second round continues tomorrow and live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com