Aztec seniors Georgia Lacey, Haleigh Krause tied for second individually at Golfweek Conference Challenge
Photo: Georgia Lacey courtesy goaztecs.com
September 25, 2017 (Wolcott, Colo.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team grabbed the early lead at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Monday after shooting a 1-over-par 289 at Red Sky Golf Club.
With their total, the two-time defending tournament champion Aztecs maintain a slim one-stroke advantage over second-place squads Michigan and Pepperdine, which both fired a 290, while host Denver (+4) and SMU (+5) round out the top five heading into Tuesday’s second round on the par-72, 6,216-yard Tom Fazio Course.
Individually, the Aztecs were led by Georgia Lacey (Del Mar, Calif.) and Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.), who find themselves in five-way tie for second on a crowded leaderboard after each fired a 2-under 70. Lacey countered four bogeys with four birdies, including an impressive conversion on the par-4, 11th, which ranked as the third-toughest hole of the day. Not to be outdone, the SDSU senior also recorded an eagle at the par-5, 495-yard No. 2 to help match her lowest round of the year thus far.
Krause capped her day with an eagle of her own, sinking a 16-foot putt on the par-5, 505-yard 18th after recording a bogey-4 on the previous green. The Aztec senior also colleced five birdies, including back-to-back drains at No. 6 and 7, which helped ease the sting of a double-bogey at No. 11.
With their scores, the SDSU teammates remain one stroke behind Michigan’s front-runner Elodie Van Dievoet (-3), along with Campbell’s Ayelen Irizar, Pepperdine’s Hira Naveed and UC Riverside’s Jakeishya Le.
Perhaps the most intriguing round of the day was carded by Gioia Carpinelli (Bopplesen, Switzerland), who sits in logjam for 13th place with 10 other players after carding an even-par 72. The SDSU freshman sank a team-high eight birdies, including four on the back nine. However, a trio of double bogeys and two additional bogeys prevented a loftier perch.
In her first action of the season, Fernanda Escauriza (Asuncion, Paraguay) fired a 6-over 77 to finish the day in a tie for 50th. The Aztec sophomore was even at the turn after notching the last of her three birdies on the par-3, 135-yard No. 9, but was unable to sustain the momentum on the back nine, where she experienced a rash of five bogeys.
The SDSU contingent also included freshman Sara Kjellker (Hollviken, Sweden), who landed in a tie for 88th after carding an 87.
The Golfweek Conference Challenge resumes on Tuesday when the Aztecs tee off alongside Michigan and Pepperdine for the second round, starting at 11:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. PT.
Golfweek Conference Challenge
Round One Results
Red Sky G.C. – Tom Fazio Course
Par 72, 6,216 yards
Team Standings (Top 5 of 18 teams + SDSU)
1. San Diego State 289 (+1)
T2. Michigan 290 (+2)
T2. Pepperdine 290 (+2)
4. Denver 292 (+4)
5. SMU 293 (+5)
Individual Leaders (Top 5 of 90 players + SDSU)
1. Elodie Van Dievoet, Michigan 69 (-3)
T2. Georgia Lacey, SDSU 70 (-2)
T2. Haleigh Krause, SDSU 70 (-2)
T2. Ayelen Irizar, Campbell 70 (-2)
T2. Hira Naveed, Pepperdine 70 (-2)
T2. Jakeishya Le, UC 70 (-2)
T13. Gioia Carpinelli, SDSU 72 (E)
T50. Fernanda Escauriza, SDSU 77 (+5)
T88. Sara Kjellker, SDSU 87 (+15)