The Louisville women’s golf team sits atop the leaderboard after Monday’s opening day of competition at the Moon Golf Invitational. The two-day tournament is being played at Duran Golf Club.

Louisville turned in rounds of 4-under 284 and 3-under 285 on Monday to hold a share of the lead through 36 holes. The Cardinals are tied with UCF at 7-under followed by Augusta at 6-under, Oklahoma at 5-under and Campbell rounding out the top five at 1-under par.

Lauren Hartlage will head into the final round on Tuesday with the lead after turning in rounds of 3-under 69 and 5-under 67. The junior birdied her opening hole of the day, one of six she made in round one. Sitting at even par for the second round through seven holes, Hartlage turned it on with five birdies over the last 11 to vault to the top of the board.

Lauren Thibodeau spent much of the day near the top of the leaderboard as well, coming out on fire on Monday. The freshman made five birdies in a bogey-free round of 67 to start the day, then carded three more birdies on the front nine of the second round to make the turn at 8-under par. Thibodeau struggled over the final nine holes of the day though, dropping eight shots and finishing the day at even par after a round of 77.

Olivia Cason, Mairead Martin and Linda Trockel each shot rounds of 2-over 74 over the first 18 holes of the day. Cason followed it up with even par 72 in the afternoon and is in 32nd place overall. Martin and Trockel each shot 73 and are 39th at 3-over.

Competing as individuals, Meghan Nay posted consecutive rounds of 75 and is 58th heading into Tuesday, while Margot Bechadergue and Delaney Shah are in 76th after back-to-back rounds of 77.

The tournament will wrap up with the final 18 holes on Tuesday. The Cardinals will be paired with UCF and Augusta for the shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.

Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics

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