EATONTON, Ga. – Middle Tennessee sits in the middle of the pack after 18 holes at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational, turning in a 17-over par 305 in the opening round of its spring season.
The Blue Raiders are just eight strokes off the pace set by team leader and tournament host Mercer with 36 holes still to play over the weekend.
“I thought we had a lot of positives out there today, but we’re definitely shaking off the rust a little bit still,” Head Coach Chris Adams said. “We had a few mistakes here and there that cost us several strokes, so if we can just eliminate some of those we have a great chance of improving and moving up the leaderboard the next two days.”
Senior Caroline Caudill and sophomore Taylor Edlin led the way for MT on day one, each turning in a round of 2-over par 74 to close the day in a tie for 11th in the field of 88 golfers.
Sophie Burks was the next best Raider in round one, posting a 5-over par 77 to share the 30th spot on the individual leaderboard.
Catherine Caudill posted an 8-over par 80 on Friday while Molly Bebelaar shot a 10-over par 82.
Rookie Lauren Gilchrist, making her collegiate debut as an individual, turned in an 11-over par 83 in her first 18.
“Taylor and Caroline both had good rounds and I think every member of our team knows what they need to do to stay positive and get better each day,” Adams added.
The Blue Raiders will look to shave a few strokes off their round one total on Saturday as they sit just four strokes back of third place.
MT leads Big Ten competitor Wisconsin (+20) by three strokes and Conference USA rival Southern Miss (+42) by 25 strokes, but trails another C-USA foe in Old Dominion (+10) by seven strokes.
Adams and her squad go off of the No. 10 tee at 9:30 a.m. CT Saturday morning. Live scoring can be followed on Golfstat.com.
“It was pretty chilly out there today, so playing with several layers on made it a little more challenging,” Adams stated. “The forecast looks great the next couple of days and we look forward to getting after it again tomorrow in some better weather.”