Puch shoots 89, Women's Golf competes at NCAA Championships

Puch shoots 89, Women's Golf competes at NCAA Championships

DESTIN, Fla. – Concordia University Wisconsin played in the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time in program history on Tuesday at Sandest Golf and Beach Resort. Nina Puch shot an 89 and the Falcons finished with a 393 team score at the par 72, 5,381 yard course.

University of May Hardin-Baylor leads all teams with a 306 team score, while the University of Texas-Tyler is three shots behind. Methodist University, the defending and 13-time national champions, sit in third place with a 318 team score.

Laura Lindsey (UT-Tyler) is atop the leaderboard with an even-par 72. Paige Gooch (DePauw University) and Kelsey Morrison (George Fox University) each shot a 1-over-par 73 are tied for second place.

"It was an interesting day at the championships," head coach Jim Ingman said. "We really feel that we learned a valuable lesson. Each golfer learned about championship golf and the goal is to improve over the next three rounds."

Puch (freshman, Des Plaines, Ill.) stroked a birdie in on the par 5 fifth hole to get within three shots over par. She holed six pars and seven bogeys during the opening round to lead the Falcons.

Freshman Emily Stephenson (Ashland, Wis.) holed five pars in the first round and carded a 100. Freshman Lexi Westphal (Brownsville, Wis.) sank a pair of pars before signing the scorecard for a 101.

Freshman Madalyn Joannes (Wauwatosa, Wis.) had two pars and finished with a 103, while Emmy Dill (Bristol, Wis.) had a 118.

CUW will begin the second round at 12 p.m. (EDT) when Joannes tees off. The Falcons will follow 10 minutes apart from each other and will be golfing with individuals from Franklin College and Carroll University.