Nova Southeastern takes command
Sharks end first day of NCAA Championship with 10-shot lead
Two-time defending national champion Nova Southeastern is off to another strong start in the Division II Women's Golf Championships at The Meadows in Allendale, Mich.
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The Sharks have a 10-stroke advantage over the rest of the 12-team field after firing a 283 (-5) in Wednesday's opening round. Rollins sits in second place with 293 (+5), while Florida Southern is third with a 299 (+11). St. Edward's (305, +17) and Tarleton State (306, +18) round out the top five schools.
Five players shot under par on Wednesday, with Nova Southeastern's Taylor Collins leading the way with a 68 (-4), one stroke ahead of Cecilia Kleinert from Rollins (69, -3). Collins opened her round with a birdie on No. 10, then added four more birdies against just one bogey.
A pair of golfers -- Sonoma State's Spencer Heller and Nova Southeastern's Abbey Gittings -- each shot a 70 (-2), while Tarleton State's Jacqueline Lau is fifth with a 71 (-1). Last year's individual national champion, Sandra Changkija from Nova Southeastern, is tied for sixth place with an even-par 72 and is one of four Sharks among the top 10 individual scorers.
Changkija suffered through an up-and-down round Wednesday, putting up four birdies, four bogeys and 10 pars.