Ortiz, Nova Southeastern take lead after first day of national championships
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Nova Southeastern put together a stand-alone first round on Wednesday at the 2013 NCAA Division II national championships, taking control of the top spot after shooting a 4-over 292 at the LPGA International, Legends Course.
The Sharks maintain the top spot on the leaderboard by nine strokes after the first of four rounds with their four over, topping Lynn, which currently holds second, carding a 13-over 301. The Sharks not only claimed the lead in team standings, but also have control of the top individual spot.
Daniela Ortiz has control of that top spot after a solid round, matching her season low, carding a 5-under 67. Ortiz dropped seven birdies, five of which came during her final nine holes. With all the girls starting on the 10th hole, Ortiz shot a 2-under 34 on her front with a 3-under 33 on her back.
With a share of fourth on the board, Linnea Johansson carded a 1-over 73. Johansson started strong, chalking up eight pars on her front nine with only one blemish, shooting a 3-over 39, while turning it up on the back, carding a 2-under 34.
Only two strokes behind teammate Johansson, Liliana Cammisa holds a share of 12th, shooting a 3-over 75. Cammisa had some trouble late during her first nine, carding a 4-over 40, but turned it around on the back, shooting a 1-under 35 with two birdies.
Rounding out the final scores for NSU were Rachel Lewis and Abbey Gittings, who had a one-stroke separation. Lewis strung together eight consecutive pars on the front with one bogey to go one over followed by a 4-over 40 on her back nine. She carded a 5-over 77 on the day, which gives her a share of 25th. Gittings, who currently has a share of 32nd, carded a 6-over 78, which included a 4-over 40 on her front followed by a 2-over 38.
The Sharks are back at it again Thursday morning for their second round, looking to build on the first round and maintain their top position.