Women's Golf in ninth after first day at Red Rocks Invite
By JORDAN FREEMYER
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Northern Colorado junior Carleigh Silvers shot a 3-over-par 75 Saturday to put herself in a tie for fourth place after the first round of the 2012 Red Rocks Invitational at Oak Creek Country Club.
The 75 is Silvers' lowest round since shooting a 72 in the final round of the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate on Oct. 9 and her third-lowest round of the 2011-12 season.
Northern Colorado shot a 324 (+36) as a team Saturday and is tied with fellow Big Sky Conference member Montana State for ninth in the 20-team field.
"Carleigh did a good job of being an anchor today," Northern Colorado coach Brandon White said. "Her low round kept us in a reasonable position. We're actually only five shots out of fifth place, which would be Northern Arizona--they're the low Big Sky team in the field."
Eastern Washington, Weber State and Montana, three other Big Sky teams, are behind the Bears after day one.
In addition to Silvers' 75, Northern Colorado senior Ali Nelson is tied for 41st in the field of 115 after shooting an opening-round 9-over 81. The Bears also carded an 83 (+11) from junior Hannah McNeley, an 85 (+13) from senior Chelsea Silvers and an 89 (+17) from freshman Jocelyn Thompson.
Seattle University's Caitlin McCleary shot a 72 in the first round Saturday to lead the individual standings, and Eastern Michigan recorded a team score of 305 to lead the team standings.
White said he expects to see some improvement from his team Sunday, on the second day of the annual tournament.
"Tomorrow we'll look for, hopefully, a little more depth from everybody," White said. "[We'll] try and get all four of our rounds that count tomorrow either around 80 or under."
He said there are a few adjustments that could help the team attain that goal.
"We just need to play a little smarter tomorrow--do a little better job with our course management--because this is a pretty tricky golf course."