April 17, 2014
Georgetown University Head Women's Golf Coach Katie Brophy said before the start of the 2014 BIG EAST Championship that she felt her team was ready for one of its best performances of the season. The Hoyas are in position to do just that, trailing after the first round of play by only three strokes at the Hills Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Seton Hall shot a 26-over par 314, just three strokes ahead of Georgetown's 29-over par 317, while St. John's is third with a 31-over 319. Xavier sits fourth with a score of 322 (+34), narrowly in front of fifth-place Creighton (323, +35) and Butler (327, +39) to round out the six-team field.
The par-72 Hills Course played longer than its advertised 6,176 yards on Thursday. Players faced gusty breezes that became stronger as the round went on. By the time all players had wrapped up in mid-afternoon, sustained winds topped 20 miles per hour with some gusts hitting 30.
In the race for the individual crown, last year's top returner Harin Lee of St. John's owns a two-shot lead over Georgetown freshman Jenny Xiao (Foshan, China/Foshan No. 2 Middle School). Lee carded a 2-over-par 74, with Xiao shooting a 76. There's a three-way tie for third in the individual standings with Xavier's Gracie Howie, St. John's Anna Kim and Seton Hall's Erin McClure all sitting at 5-over 77.
Xiao is one of two Hoyas among the top 10 overall and four among the top 15, with sophomore Mackenzie Boydston (Keller, Texas/Nolan Catholic) tied for eighth place at 7-over par 79.
Senior Alice Choi (Whitestone, N.Y./Bayside) and sophomore Patricia Lee (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch) are tied for 14th place at 9-over par 81 and sophomore Liz DiVincentis (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug Regional) is tied for 19th place at 11-over par 83.
Unfortunately, the forecast for Friday is not promising. Because of wet and potentially stormy weather, the second round has been pushed up 15 minutes to a 7:45 a.m. ET shotgun start.
Team Leaderboard Through 18 Holes
1. Seton Hall - 314 (+26)
2. Georgetown - 317 (+29)
3. St. John's - 320 (+32)
4. Xavier - 321 (+33)
5. Creighton - 324 (+36)
6. Butler - 327 (+39)
Individual Top 10 Through 18 Holes
1. Harin Lee, St. John's - 74 (+2)
2. Jenny Xiao, Georgetown - 76 (+4)
t3. Grace Howie, Xavier - 77 (+5)
t3. Anna Kim, St. John's - 77 (+5)
t3. Erin McClure, Seton Hall - 77 (+5)
t6. Jenna Peters, Butler - 78 (+6)
t6. Alison Kruse, Seton Hall - 78 (+6)
t8. Mackenzie Boydston, Georgetown - 79 (+7)
t8. Megan Tenhundfeld, Seton Hall - 79 (+7)
t10. Kelsey Petersen, Creighton - 80 (+8)
t10. Grace Yowell, Creighton - 80 (+8)
t10. Hannah Basalone, Seton Hall - 80 (+8)
t10. Ariel McNair, Xavier - 80 (+8)