FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Sophomore Annie Stimmel fired a career-low round of 75 to lead the No. 23 Taylor women's golf team on the first day of the Saint Francis Fall Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Stimmel tallied the second lowest score of the day during Friday's first round as blustery conditions made the 5,844-yard, par-72 layout of Cherry Hill Golf Course particularly challenging. University of Northwestern Ohio's Brianna Baird carded a 1-over par 73 to take the individual lead following the first round while Stimmel is in second place at 75.
Freshman Nicole Jung and sophomore Maddie Thomas both tallied rounds of 81for TU on day one while Taylor also counted an 82 from junior Elizabeth Jackson with freshman Taylor French carding an 83. Junior Raquel Helton totaled an 87 while competing as an individual.
The Trojans finished with a team score of 319 to tie the hosts from Saint Francis for second place. The 15th-ranked Racers from Northwestern Ohio carded a round of 304 to build a commanding 15-shot lead over the Trojans and Cougars heading into Saturday's final round.
Taylor holds a ten shot lead over Indiana Wesleyan (329), followed by Saint Francis (IL) (331), Siena Heights (332), and No. 17 Bethel (333).
Saturday's final round will be played at Cobblestone Golf Course in Kendalville, Indiana and is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am.