Sept. 16, 2012
LAKE ELMO, Minn. - The Grand Valley State women's golf team, which entered the season 12th in the Women's Golf Coaches Association pre-season poll, got off to a solid start in the 2012-13 season, placing second after the first round of the Concordia Invite at Tartan Park Golf Course.
A pair of promising underclassmen led the way for the Lakers on day one as sophomore Kelly Hartigan (Lake Orion, Mich./Chippewa Valley), the reigning GLIAC Freshman of the Year, and true freshman Gabrielle Shipley (Hastings, Mich.) both carded first round 76's (+4) and are tied for fourth on the individual leaderboard.
Junior Veronica Ryan (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) notched a first round 79 (+7) and is tied for 15th.
Senior Marni Weinstein (Farmington Hills, Mich./Walled Lake Western) shot an 85 to round out the scoring for the Lakers and sophomore Molly Esordi (Grosse Ile, Mich.) also completed her first round of play.
Arguably the most surprising performance of the day came from junior Cassady Kauble (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central), who shot an 78 (+6) but was performing as an individual and not part of the team score for GVSU. Her first round score has her in a tie for 11th on the individual leaderboard.
The Lakers' 316 (+28) is second after day one, while Augustana (S.D.) leads the tournament after a first round 305 (+17). Nebraska-Omaha and hosts Concordia-St. Paul are tied for third with a team total of 319 (+31), while Missouri Western rounds out the top five after a first round 321 (+33).
The competition will wrap up on Monday (Sept. 17) with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.