On the first day back from its winter hiatus, the Chadron State College golf team shook the rust off on the links, finishing round one at the SMSU Invitational in fifth place out of eight teams with a team score of 333. Freshman Kenzey Kanno led the CSC women with her 79 strokes, placing her tied for eighth at Wigwam Golf Resort near Phoenix on Monday.
“We walked off the course a little disappointed,” said CSC Head Golf Coach John Ritzen, “but I think that’s because we have such high expectations. We made some mistakes we weren’t making in the fall, and some of them are from nerves. I’m excited to watch them compete tomorrow, because I think we’ll make the appropriate adjustments and compete better.”
Three other freshmen turned in scores in the 80s. Kinsey Smith scored 83 to tie for 17th, Allison Acosta carded 85 to tie for 25th, and Brooke Kramer recorded 86 strokes to tie for 29th. There were 53 golfers representing eight schools.
Kanno birdied three holes, out of the four total turned in by Eagles, to tie for third overall in that statistic.
Westminster College led after 18 holes with a score of 308. Their top player, Whitney Banz, was atop the player leaderboard at an even-par 71.
Chadron State led three teams – Fort Lewis, Wayne State, and South Dakota Mines – headed into Tuesday’s final round, which begins at approximately 8 a.m.