Special to The Sun
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —
Taylor Neidy recovered from a slow start to shoot a 76 and pace Central Oklahoma on the first day of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Wednesday.
Neidy was the only one of UCO’s five players to break 80 on the rugged 6,228-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Legends Course at LPGA International, with the Bronchos recording a dozen double bogeys and a triple bogey en route to an opening-round 326.
That has UCO ninth in the 12-team tourney heading into the second of four rounds today. Four-time defending national champion Nova Southeastern shot a 292 and has an nine-shot lead over Lynn.
“We got off to a bad start and pretty much struggled all day,” head coach Michael Bond said. “You’ve got to really manage your game on this course or you can make some big numbers and that’s what happened to us, though Taylor did a great job coming back after a tough start.”
Neidy’s 76 has her tied for 16th in the individual standings. The Bronchos also got 82s from Tressa Brumley and Aly Seng, while Erica Bensch shot 85 and Katie Bensch 87.
Central Oklahoma players started on the back nine and Neidy bogeyed the first four holes before steadying herself and playing the final 14 holes even par. The junior standout made the turn at 5-over 41 before coming back with a 1-under 35.
Neidy opened her back nine with three straight pars before making back-to-back birdies and then finished with three pars and a bogey for her 35.
Brumley also got off to a slow start with three consecutive bogeys, but kept it together in making the turn at 39. Double bogeys on two of the last three holes led to a 43 that kept her from breaking 80.