SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Coming off a first place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament, the University of Indianapolis took an early lead in the NCAA Super Regional at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois. The Greyhounds had each of their five players break 80 as Kylie Raines led the way with a one-under par 71 while Paxton DeHaven finished one stroke back with an even par 72. Indianapolis shot a 296 to take a six-stroke lead over Grand Valley State, who tallied a 302.
Kasey Petty of Findlay University paced the 66-player field with a 5-under par 67. Petty tallied six birdies on the day and just one bogey en route to the low round of the tournament. Petty went out in 34 and came in with a 33.
Though Petty leads the tournament, Gabrielle Shipley of Grand Valley State had the shot of the day, acing the 129-yard 11th hole. Shipley used the ace to card a 34 on the back nine as part of a 2-under par 70, as she sits in a tie for second place with Ali Green of Ashland.
Five players ended the first round at even par or better. After Petty, Shipley and Green both had 70 while Raines and DeHaven of UIndy finished in fourth and fifth with a 71 and 72, respectively.
After UIndy at 296 and Grand Valley State at 302, Findlay followed in a close third with 304 while Southern Indiana comes in a stroke behind in fourth place with a 305. Ashland (315), Missouri – St. Louis (320), and Lewis (321) ended the day fifth through seventh, followed by Trevecca Nazarene in eighth with a 323. California (PA) sits in ninth after a team score of 328, followed by Northwood and Illinois Springfield who totaled 333. William Jewell rounded out the field with a 337.