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.
[assetId:178767:2013 DII Women's Golf Championship asset]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.