Lauren Hartlage and Louisville’s women’s golf team secured quite an early-season confidence boost – setting the lowest single-round team score in school history on Monday in Woodbury, Minn.
The Cardinals opened the day at the Minnesota Invitational with a program-best 12-under par 276. It is the lowest mark in school history, surpassing the previous best of 9-under-par achieved three times, most recently in 2010.
Hartlage, who is tied for third in the field, has helped lead Louisville to third in the team standings behind a two-round score of 12-under-par 564. The Cardinals only trail Michigan State and Southern California, two programs that reached the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
“We played pretty solidly coming into the tournament, and this shows what we’re capable of doing,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “Even though we left some shots out there, this gives the team a good taste in its mouth and that we have the talent to play with anybody.”
Louisville’s lineup, in the first round, recorded one eagle – courtesy of Molly Skapik – and 21 birdies.
Hartlage, who completed the first day with eight birdies, shot consecutive rounds in the 60s. In the first, she put together four birdies and no bogeys for a 4-under-par 68. She followed the performance with four more birdies, giving her a two-round total of 7-under-par 137.
In addition to Hartlage, Trimble also noted the first-round play of Skapik and newcomer Kristin Engle. Skapik, who compiled a 4-under-par 68 in the opening round, is tied for 10th. Engle shot a 3-under-par 69 through the first 18 and is tied with teammate Jacqueline Twitty for 25th.
Olivia Cason is tied for 39th, and Meghan Nay is playing as an individual and is tied for 77th.
The Cardinals conclude the tournament on Tuesday, with a shotgun start at 10:15 a.m. ET, and are paired with the Spartans and Trojans.
“We are in the final pairing, which is where we want to be,” Trimble said. “We’re stacked against two of the best in the country, and we look forward to playing with them tomorrow.”
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Sept. 11, 2017
Prestwick Golf Club (par 72/6,248 yards)
TOP-FIVE TEAM SCORES PLUS LOUISVILLE (14 teams, 36-hole totals): 1. Michigan State – 279-278; 2. Southern California – 282-276; 3. Louisville – 276-288; 4. Purdue – 283-285; 5. East Carolina – 285-285
LOUISVILLE GOLFERS (of 78): t-3. Lauren Hartlage – 68-69; t-10. Molly Skapik – 68-72; t-25. Kristin Engle – 69-75; t-25. Jacqueline Twitty – 71-73; t-39. Olivia Cason – 72-74; t-77. Meghan Nay – 77-79
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