The sixth-ranked Redlands women's golf team embarked upon its inaugural appearance at the NCAA Division III Championships on Tuesday, earning an impressive score of 314 to lead the teams that have completed the opening round at El Campeon Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Due to a more-than-two-hour lightning delay and then inevitable darkness, three teams were unable to finish the final few holes, leaving the day-one standings as incomplete.
Redlands currently sits ahead of Washington (Mo.), which is two strokes back but has two players with unfinished rounds.
The Bulldogs lead the field in par-five scoring with a 5.20 stroke average and sits tied for first in par-four scoring at 4.5. The Bulldogs also recorded 44 pars and eight birdies in a solid, first national outing.
Junior Amberlynn Dorsey led the Maroon and Gray with her first-round tally of two-over 74, which included 13 pars, to tie for second among the individual leaderboard. She recorded one birdie on each the back and front nine.
After shooting even on her first nine holes of the day, freshman Caroline Ordianpersevered through a tough back nine to finish three-over 75 with 13 pars on the day. The long opening round came to a close on a high note, as she sank a 10-foot putt for birdie on her last hole.
Junior McKenna Pautsch and senior Dalton Meade entered the clubhouse with respective scores of 81 and 84, as the duo combined for five birdies on the day. Finally, sophomore Kari Gordon came off the course with an 87.