COLUMBIA, Mo. -
A day one sore of 596 over 54-holes of play has the Indiana women's golf team in fourth place at the Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.
The 19-team tournament concludes with 18 holes Tuesday.
SMU leads the field in first place with a 581, followed by Kansas State (587), Missouri (584), Indiana (301-295) and Louisville (602).
"Rosie did an outstanding job, and Marissa played very well too," said head coach Clint Wallman. "Our day got off to a rugged start but we came back and played well enough to put ourselves in a good position for the final round tomorrow."
Playing in the No. 5 spot, senior Rosie Davies zoomed to near the top of the leaderboard, sitting in sixth place with a score of 144. After a steady round of a 1-over 73 in the morning, Davies posted a trio of birdies in round two on holes three, five and 14 for a 1-under 71.
Freshman Marissa DeCola continues the strong start to her rookie campaign with a 147 on Monday, good for a tie for 13th. After a 3-over 75 in round one, DeCola countered a double bogey on 17 with birdies on three and 18 for an even-par 72.
Senior Kate Coons also sits among the top 20 after the first day, tied for 17th with a score of 150. Coons put up a 78 in round one, but like her teammates found her footing over the second 18 holes. Her bogeys on holes one, 10, 13 and 14 were offset by birdies on four, five, 17 and 18 for an even-par 72.
Graduate student Kristen Schelling is tied for 48 with a score of 155 after 36 holes. Schelling's best outing of the day came in the morning round when she posted a 3-over 75, including a birdie on the fifth hole. Schelling struggled on the back nine in round two with three bogeys and one double bogey, finishing with an 8-over 80.
Sophomore Elizabeth Tong hit her first stumbling block of the season, posting rounds of 82 and 81 for a 163, putting her tied for 75th in the field. Tong had a pair of birdies in round one but started the day with a triple bogey on one and added double bogeys on holes seven and 16. In round two she was again tripped up by a triple bogey, this time on hole four, and had double bogeys on 10 and 11.
Playing as an individual, junior Sophie Hayashi is also tied for 75th with a score of 163. Hayashi started the day well with a 77 in round one, including a birdie on her opening hole. Five double bogeys in round two were Hayashi's undoing as she ended with a 14-over 86.