PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern shot a 295 to grab a one-shot lead after the first round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Super Region 2 Championship at Marcus Pointe Golf Club Monday.
The Sharks lead seventh-ranked Saint Leo (296) by a shot, with No. 1 Rollins in third at 297, No. 3 Florida Tech at 298 and No. 4 Montevallo at 302.
NSU combined for six birdies on the front nine to turn at 1-over-par before playing the back nine at 6-over-par.
“We played great today,” NSU head coach Amanda Brown said. “I thought the girls were all themselves out there. They played relaxed and confident and that was our goal coming into the tournament, and I’m happy about that.”
The Sharks got a season-best performance from freshman Aldana Foigel. The rookie from Plottier, Argentina, carded a 71 with 17 pars and a birdie on the par-5, sixth.
“She has been our anchor this year,” Brown said of Foigel, who also had a 71 on the same course a month earlier in the opening round of the Argonaut Invitational. “The past few tournament’s she’s come into her own. She has a great mindset and she’s due for a win.”
Foigel is tied for third, two strokes behind Felicia Leftinger of Florida Tech. The 2-time All-American posted a 69 with four birdies – including three on the par 5s – and a bogey.
“I got into a nice flow and was pretty consistent,” the senior from Trollhattan, Sweden said. “I was striking the ball pretty well and it gave me the opportunity to keep it simple. It was one of those days where golf was pretty easy.”
Margine Arguello of Saint Leo is in second place after a bogey-free round of 2-under-par 70. Hally Leadbetter of Rollins, at 71, was the only other student-athlete to be under par in the 66-player field.
The top three teams and the top three student-athletes not with a team from each of the four regionals (regardless of region) will advance to the finals May 18-21, at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colorado. The finals will be hosted by Metro State as part of the NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival.