The Murray State women’s golf team had a one-shot lead after a first round 307 at the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Golf Championship in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
The Racers head into Tuesday’s second round one shot ahead of Jacksonville State (308). Eastern Kentucky and Austin Peay shared third place at 312, while Tennessee Tech was in fourth place at 313).
MSU sophomore Lucila Puente Rodriguez de Austria was the only player to equal par when she turned in a 72. Her round was impressive on a day when the wind blew and the temperature hovered just above the freezing mark. Puente Rodriguez was steady with 12 pars and her three birdies was cancelled out by three bogeys.
With Puente Rodriguez in first place, teammate Moa Folke was solid as well in carding a 73 for a spot in second place, while Raeshya Surendran posted a 77 as one of only 20 players in the field of 45 to break 80. Surendran was in 10th place after a round that featured an even-par 36 on the back nine. Other MSU scores included Linette Holmslykke in 34th place after an 85 and Anna Moore in 37th place with an 88.
The Racers played with Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky and it will be the same in Tuesday’s second round. MSU’s first shot will be taken by Anna Moore at 9:40 a.m.
Round 1 Notes
The Racers are looking for their 11th Ohio Valley Conference title and are trying for back-to-back championships after they won it last year in 2017. MSU has won back-to-back titles three times.
The Murray State women’s golf program has an outstanding tradition that began when Head Coach Velvet Milkman was hired to start the program in 1993. After their title a year ago, MSU has posted 10 OVC Championship victories in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, and 2014 and 2017. Milkman has 11 OVC Coach of the Year honors.
The Racers have eight medalist winners at the OVC Championship including Jenny Daag (1998 & 1999), Cuyler Hedley (2003), Lee Anne Pace (2004), Nikki Orazine (2005), Delaney Howson (2014) and Moa Folke (2016 & 2017).
In the 24 previous OVC Championships, the Racers have had an individual finish in fifth place or better every time. MSU has 18 individual finishes of third place or better.
The 2018 marks the 25th staging the OVC Women’s Golf Championship.
The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals is home to two 18-hole championship courses and lies between the Wheeler and Wilson dams on the Tennessee River. The OVC is playing the tree-lined Schoolmaster Course for the first time (named for President Woodrow Wilson who was responsible for getting Wilson Dam built and was also known as “The Schoolmaster” of politics). The OVC men’s championship is next week at the Shoals and they will pay the Fighting Joe course.
For the OVC Women’s Championship, the course will be par 72 with a yardage of 6,043.
2018 OVC Women’s Golf Championship
The Shoals GC – Schoolmaster Course
Muscle Shoals, Ala.
1 Murray State 307 307
1 Lucila Puente Rodriguez (1) 72
T2 Moa Folke (2) 73
T10 Raeysha Surendran (5) 77
T34 Linette Holmslykke (3) 85
37 Anna Moore (4) 88
1 Murray State 307 +19
2 Jacksonville St. 308 +20
T3 Eastern Kentucky 312 +24
T3 Austin Peay State 312 +24
5 Tennessee Tech 313 +25
6 Morehead State 316 +28
7 Belmont University 319 +31
8 Eastern Illinois 351 +63
9 Tennessee State 362 +74
Dave Winder – Department of Athletics – Murray State State University
Associate AD – Media Relations