Embry-Riddle women 1st, men 2nd through first-round at Talking Rock
Kruszewski atop leaderboard with 2-over par 74 through Round 1
PRESCOTT — Lauren Kruszewski shot a 2-over par 74, Nicole Lopes and Trae Jones each turned in a 79 [+7] and the Embry-Riddle women’s golf team led the field through first-round action at Talking Rock Golf Course on Monday afternoon.
ERAU Golf Invitational
Kruszewski’s five-shot lead at the annual Embry-Riddle Invitational was good enough to place her name atop the leaderboard, while Lopes and Jones tied for second.
The Eagles possess a 20-stroke lead with five players finishing in the top 15, including Calli Gallacher, who tied for 7th with a 10-over-par 82. Jessica Williams tied for 15th with her 86 [+14].
Embry-Riddle’s 314 team stroke score leads Claremont Mudd Scripps second-place 334 [+46], while Arizona Christian came in third with a 341 [+53].
Jordyn Deardorf, an Arizona Christian standout, tied with Lopes and Jones for second overall individually with a 7-over par 79.
MEN’S FIRST ROUND
Matt Zampello tied for third overall after turning in a 2-over par 74 card, Lewis Breslin was ninth with a 76 [+4] and the Embry-Riddle men’s golf team finished Monday’s first-round six strokes behind tournament leader Arizona Christian.
Kyle Peterson and Matt Andrews each shot a 6-over par 78, tying them for 13th overall for the Eagles, which finished with a 306 [+18] team stroke score.
As a team, Arizona Christian leads the pack with a 12-over par 300, while Biola sits in third place with a 307 [+19] through round one.
Players are scheduled to resume second-round action today with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. after play was suspended due to darkness at Talking Rock late Monday.
The tournament’s final 18 holes will be played shortly after round two is complete today, with an Embry-Riddle Invitational champion being crowned hopefully before dark.
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