Day One Results
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Nevada women’s golf team kicked off its spring campaign Saturday afternoon at the Peg Barnard Invitational, hosted by Stanford, and fired a 299 to sit middle of the pack after day one.
“Hopefully we were able to shake off some rust. The golf course is wet and is playing difficult,” said head coach Kathleen Takaishi. “I thought the team did a good job of managing themselves around the course. We made a lot of birdies today. Jordan played solid and it was great to see her come back after a rough start. We need to learn from our course management mistakes and play aggressively tomorrow.”
Junior Jordan Keyser played beautifully down the stretch en route to an even par round of 71 on Saturday. After a triple bogey on her second hole of the day, Keyser birdied five of her remaining holes, including four on the front nine. She totaled seven birdies during her round, which was the most of any player. Her round of 71 is one stroke off of her career-low round. Keyser is tied for third heading into Sunday’s final round and trails the individual leader, Andrea Lee of Stanford, by four shots.
Freshman Mari Nishiura sits in the top 15 in the 60-player field after a 3-over round of 74. Nishiura did not record a birdie on her first nine holes but sunk two after making the turn. Junior Celyn Khoo, who is playing in her first tournament since September, shot a 76 on Saturday and is tied for 27th place. Freshman Katy Rutherford carded a round of 78 and is tied for 41st. Sophomore Chaithra Katamneni had a rough first round and finished her 18 holes with an 87.
As a team, Nevada’s round of 299 is good enough for sixth place in the 12-team field. The Pack recorded 14 birdies on the day, the most of any team in the field. Nevada trails team leader, and the nation’s top team, Stanford, by 13 shots going into the final round.
Nevada will conclude the Peg Barnard Invitational tomorrow with the second and final round. Live scoring for the entire tournament will be available on GolfStat.com.