Goodyear, Ariz. -- Sophomore Jenna Janu sits in a tie for 17th after opening the Bobcat Desert Invitational with a 151 (+5) on Monday. In a tournament that features eight other Big Sky teams, Janu is seventh among league golfers after going 76-75 at the Golf Club of Estrella.
Janu's second-round 75 (+3) was her best effort of the spring. Junior Haily Abel fired her career-best score of 78 (+6) in the second round and is second among the Fighting Hawks with a two-round total of 159 (+13).
UND is 11th overall in the 14-team field after opening with a 318, then backing that up with a 315 thanks to the improvements by Janu and Abel. The team's second-round score was tied for the eighth-best in the field.
Abel and senior captain Alexis Guggisberg shared the team lead with four birdies on the day. Guggisberg went 81-82 to finish at 163 (+17), while fellow captain Dani DelGreco was two strokes better at 161 (+15). DelGreco was also one stroke better in her second round.
Cal Poly, one of the six non-Big Sky teams in the field, built a commanding lead thanks to a 291-290 start. The Mustangs are 18 shots clear of Portland State (599; +23) after posting the 581 (+5).
Cal Poly teammates Sophie Bergland (142; -2) and Desiree Gillaspy (141; -1) are one-two in the race for medalist honors, while Eastern Washington's Kirsten Ishikawa is in third after shooting an even-par 144 to pace the Big Sky golfers.
UND will complete the 54-hole event on Tuesday with third-round play. This is the final tune-up for the Fighting Hawks before the Big Sky Championship, which will be played April 21-23 in Boulder City, Nevada.
Bobcat Desert Invitational (Final Results)
|1.||Cal Poly||291-290 = 581 (+5)|
|2.||Portland State||299-300 = 599 (+23)|
|3.||Eastern Washington||299-301 = 600 (+24)|
|4.||Cal State Bakersfield||308-303 = 611 (+35)|
|5.||Northern Colorado||301-311 = 612 (+36)|
|12.||North Dakota||318-325 = 643 (+67)|
UND Individuals (Final Results)
|Jenna Janu #||76-D = 76 (+4)|
|t40.||Haily Abel||81-78 = 159 (+15)|
|t48.||Dani DelGreco||81-80 = 161 (+17)|
|t58.||Alexis Guggisberg||81-82 = 163 (+19)|
|t61.||Ally Rogers||80-85 = 165 (+21)|
|t58.||Hanna Peterson*||80-83 = 163 (+19)|
|*competing as an individual|
# Tournament officials determined that after Monday's second round that Janu had signed an inaccurate scorecard resulting in a disqualification. Her first round score still counted towards UND's team score and she will be able to compete in Tuesday's third round.
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