Jacks in first place by 15 strokes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The South Dakota State women's golf team holds a 15-stroke lead over Augustana after the first two rounds of the second annual Jackrabbit Fall Invitational on Monday.
The Jacks posted scores of 317 and 318 on a blustery Monday for a 36-hole total of 635 at the 5,865-yard, par-71 Minnehaha Country Club. SDSU has all five golfers in the lineup in the top-25 and three in the top-10 heading into the final round Tuesday.
Head coach Jared Baszler said this is where his team expected to be after the opening rounds.
“We are where we wanted to be after day one. We know there is a lot of golf yet to be played. Tomorrow is going to be a great experience for our team to see how they handle playing with a lead," Baszler said.
Sydney MacDonald (+13) set the pace for the Jacks, firing rounds of 77 and 78 and sits in 2nd place, three-strokes behind leader Brenna Lervick (77-75-152) of USD. The sophomore carded four birdies on her way to a two-round total of 155.
Freshman Megan Mingo (+17) is tied for 7th place after shooting rounds of 80 and 79 for a 36-hole score of 159 (season low), notching three birdies along the way.
Islamiah Fuad (+20) carded rounds of 85 and 77 (season low) and is tied for 10th place with a day one total of 162. The freshman recorded two birdies in the second round.
Junior Alli Plath (+21) is one stroke back and tied for 12th place. Plath posted scores of 79 and 84 for a two-round total of 163.
Hallie Getz (+23) posted a Monday total of 165. The freshman notched three birdies over the two rounds played, with scores of 81 and 84, and is tied for 20th place.
The Jacks have four individuals competing unattached from the team.
Sophomore Brianna Janu (+15) is tied for 4th place after rounds of 80 and 77 (season low), tying a 36-hole low score for the season at 157, helped by her three birdies on the day.
Junior Amber Houser (+23) is tied for 20th place, carding rounds of 82 and 83 for a two-round total of 165.
Sophomore Michaela Kouri (+27) posted scores of 83 and 86 and is tied for 28th place.
Junior Myranda Dunmire (+29) shot a 171 to open the tournament and is tied for 32nd place.
The final round of the Jackrabbit Fall Invitational begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday morning. Follow the action with live scoring at BirdieFire.com.