Boulder City, Nev. — Juniors Jenna Janu and Hanna Peterson were the top North Dakota golfers in opening round action of the 2018 Big Sky Championship Friday. Janu led the Fighting Hawks with a 76 (+6) and is tied for 14th overall, while Peterson was just a stroke behind her classmate with a 77 (+5).
Portland State and Idaho shot matching 296's to share the team lead after the first 18 holes at the Boulder Creek Golf Club, while the Fighting Hawks settled for a 320 (+32) to sit in 10th after day one. UND is looking to post the team's best finish in its final competition as a Big Sky member.
The Fighting Hawks previous best finish was ninth place in 2014 and they are only five strokes behind Northern Colorado and Montana State, who share seventh after opening with respective scores of 315 (+27).
After a relatively calm day, the winds picked up mid-morning in southern Nevada just in time for UND's finishing holes and No. 18 proved to be a bugaboo for UND. The Fighting Hawks' four scorers combined to go seven-over on that hole alone.
"I really liked how we played today, especially early on" UND head coach Natalie Martinson said. "We got off to a really good start and were putting together a solid round until the winds kind of derailed a lot of the teams there at the end. All-in-all though, I'm pleased with where we stand after round one and I'm excited to see what kind of score we can put together tomorrow as we try to make a move up the leaderboard."
Peterson led the team with four birdies during her opening round, while Janu made back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and 16 to highlight her round. Sophomore Ally Rogers (83; +11) and freshman Ashlyn Guggisberg (84; 12) rounded out UND's scorers during the first round.
Tournament play resumes on Saturday with second-round action.
Big Sky Championship (First Round Results)
|t1.||Portland State||296 (+8)|
|3.||Sacramento State||301 (+13)|
|t4.||Eastern Washington||306 (+18)|
|t4.||Northern Arizona||306 (+18)|
|t7.||Northern Colorado||315 (+27)|
|t7.||Montana State||315 (+27)|
|9.||Southern Utah||317 (+29)|
|10.||North Dakota||320 (+32)|
|11.||Weber State||321 (+33)|
|12.||Idaho State||348 (+60)|
Big Sky Championship (UND Individuals)
|t14.||Jenna Janu||76 (+4)|
|t21.||Hanna Peterson||77 (+5)|
|t47.||Ally Rogers||83 (+11)|
|t52.||Ashlyn Guggisberg||84 (+12)|
|t55.||Benedikte Pettersen||87 (+15)|
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