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Golden Eagles show improvement on opening day of Terrier Intercollegiate

Golden Eagles show improvement on opening day of Terrier Intercollegiate

By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Day one of the Terrier Intercollegiate is in the books for the Tennessee Tech women's golf team, as the Golden Eagles put a cap on the first two rounds of action at the Carolina Country Club Monday afternoon. 

The Golden Eagles posted rounds of 319 and 309 for a 628 overall to rank 12th out of 17 teams in competition. South Dakota led the way with a 305-297=602, besting the field by four shots. North Alabama's Jacqueline Klemm ranked first on the individual leaderboard of 90 participants, posting a 75-68=143.

Senior Gittle Sciolis paced the purple and gold effort, tying for 22nd overall. She collected five birdies for a 78 in round one and followed it with three more birdies for a 75 in the second round for a 153.

Fellow senior Elisabeth Toennessen delivered 13 pars and a birdie for a first-round 75 on the day, tying for 25th overall. She finished with a 154 after carding a 79 with one birdie in the second round.

One shot back with a 155 was junior Ainsley Simms, tying for 31st overall. After recording a birdie on her way to an 81 in the first round, Simms bounced back in the second with a 74 on a whopping 16 pars.

Senior Makenzie Morton tied for 71st with an 85-81=166, posting a birdie in the second round of the day. Sophomore Reagan Stuke finished 75th after totaling four birdies as part of an 86-82=168. 

Tech will kick off Tuesday's third round with split tee times beginning at 7:15 a.m. CT. 

Top 5 Teams:
1.    South Dakota    305-297=602    +26
2.   Samford   309-297=606   +30
3.   North Alabama   310-299=609   +33
4.   UNC Asheville   313-297=610   +34
5.   USC Upstate   309-302=611   +35
12.   Tennessee Tech   319-309=628   +52


Leaderboard (90 Golfers)
1.    Jacqueline Klemm (North Alabama)    75-68=143    -1
T-22.   Gittle Sciolis   78-75=153   +9
T-25.   Elisabeth Toennessen   75-79=154   +10
T-31.   Ainsley Simms   81-74=155   +11
T-71.   Makenzie Morton   85-81=166   +22
75.   Reagan Stuke   86-82=168   +24

File photo by Emily Armstrong

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