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Embry-Riddle women 1st, men 2nd through first-round at Talking Rock
Kruszewski atop leaderboard with 2-over par 74 through Round 1

Embry Riddle Head Golf Coach Kim Haddow, at left, talks with Lauren Kruszewski on the first hole Monday during the Embry-Riddle Invitational at Talking Rock Golf Club in Prescott.
Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Embry Riddle Head Golf Coach Kim Haddow, at left, talks with Lauren Kruszewski on the first hole Monday during the Embry-Riddle Invitational at Talking Rock Golf Club in Prescott.

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.

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.

DAY TWO

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.

Brian M. Bergner Jr. is a sports writer and columnist for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Periscope and SoundCloud at @SportsWriter52, or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Reach him by phone at 928-445-3333, ext. 1106.

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