Event 8: Ohio Valley Conference Championship
Hosted by: Ohio Valley Conference
Location: Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Course: Shoals at the Robert Trent Jones Trail - Schoolmaster Course
Details: Par-72, Yardage – 6,025
Weather at Start of Round 1: Sunny, 45
Live Scoring: GolfStat
Place After First Round: 8 of 9 (+54)
- Par-3 Scoring - Trinidy Pate, Even
- Pate is tied for the second best results on the four par-3's on the course; one stroke behind three golfers at 1-under
- Par-5 Scoring - Savannah Szozda, Even
- Szozda is tied for the third best result on the four par-5's on the course; six golfers carded a 1-under, J Watts (Murray State) played the holes at 2-under
- Birdies - Morgan Rood recorded two, while Szozda made one
- Three golfers lead the field with four birdies, while five others registered three
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. --- The Tennessee State golf team opened the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference with a 54-over, 342. The total places the Tigers in eighth place, four strokes ahead of Eastern Illinois. The opening round is 20 strokes better than last year’s first day result on the same course.
The Tigers were paced by Morgan Rood and Savannah Szozda who each shot a 10-over, 82. Rood finished strong with birdies on the par-3, 16th and the par-4, 18th.
On 16, Rood hit her 6-iron off the tee box to eight feet of the hole and drained the right-to-left putt. Two holes later, the junior sank a 60-foot putt from the back of the green to close out her day.
Szozda began the day with a bogey on the first hole of the three day event. The junior settled in and carded six consecutive pars before losing two strokes with a double bogey on the par-4, 8th. Szozda answered right away with here lone birdie on Monday on the par-5, 9th, for a 2-over as she made the turn.
Freshman Kalee Rhodes and junior Haleigh Riley posted countable scores for TSU on day one. Rhodes finished with an 88, two strokes ahead of Riley.
Freshman Trinidy Pate fired a non-scoring 94, which featured a birdie on the par-3, 10th..
The Tigers will be a part of the first pairings to take the course on Day 2 of the OVC Championship on Tuesday morning.
Trinidy Pate - 8:00 a.m.
Haleigh Riley - 8:10 a.m.
Kalee Rhodes - 8:20 a.m.
Savannah Szozda - 8:30 a.m.
Morgan Rood - 8:40 a.m.
Leaderboard (45 Golfers)
T1. Linette Holmslykke (Murray State) 71, -1
T1. Paula Vega (Jacksonville Sttae) 71, -1
T32. Morgan Rood 82, +10
T32. Savannah Szozda 82, +10
T40. Kalee Rhodes 88, +16
42. Haleigh Riley 90, +18
44. Trinidy Pate 94, +22