HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Concordia University Wisconsin completed the first of four rounds at the NCAA Division III Championship on Tuesday. The Falcons struggled on the front nine before settling down on the inward nine holes at the difficult par 72, 5,844-yard El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort.
CUW carded a 413 team score (125-over-par), with sophomore Nina Puch (Des Plaines, Ill.) leading the team with a 12-over-par 84 individual score. The Falcons had four of their five golfers improve on the second nine.
Rhodes College leads the field by 10 strokes after shooting a 23-over-par 311 team score. Methodist University – 13-time winner – is in second place with a 321 score, while defending champion Mary Hardin-Baylor University is in third with a 325 team score.
Individually, Lisa Calcasola (Ithaca College) leads the field with a 3-over-par 75, while Nikki Isaacson (Rhodes College) and Sydney Maluenda (George Fox University) each carded a 4-over-par 76.
For the Falcons, Puch was the only golfer to drain a par as she had nine in the first round. The Northern Athletics College Conference Player of the Year fired a par on four of the six most difficult holes and improved two strokes on the inward nine.
Freshman Megan Reddersdorf (Marengo, Ill.) shot a 101 score, which included nine bogeys and a one-shot improvement on the back nine. Sophomore Lexi Westphal (Brownsville, Wis.) ended with a 113 score and had five bogeys in the round. Sophomore Madalyn Joannes (Wauwatosa, Wis.) signed for a 115 score and carded four-consecutive bogeys in the middle of her round. Freshman Bridget Slater (Roseau, Minn.) rounded out the lineup with a 124 score and improved 16 strokes on the inward nine holes.
CUW will tee off on Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. CDT for the second round.