Women's Golf - Thu, Apr. 25, 2013 - posted by Seth Mikel

PERU, Ind. – The Taylor women's golf team shot a team score of 432 as the Trojans competed in day one of the first-ever Crossroads League women's golf championship today at Rock Hallow Golf Course.

Freshman Elaina Mellott finished day one in 16th place in the 29-player field as the Trojans struggled to navigate the 5,912-yard, par 72 layout that features a number of tree-lined fairways and greens protected by water hazards. Fellow freshman Erin Erickson fired a 111 while Jenna Fahlen added a 112, Meagan Devries fired a 114, and Hope Knowling carded a 120 to round out the scoring for the Trojans.

"I wish the competitiveness and desire of each of these ladies showed in their scores today," Taylor coach Julie Flores said. "They want so badly to play well but today was one of those days when the golf course got the best of us. Tomorrow is a new day."

The 15th-ranked Bethel Pilots build a 26-shot lead after round one with an impressive score of 316. Marian is chasing the Pilots after an opening-round 342 while Saint Francis sits in third with a score of 362.

Taylor, a first-year program, is 23 shots behind Mount Vernon Nazarene for fifth place in the 6-team field. The final round of the championship will be held tomorrow with Taylor players teeing off at 9:30 am.