Kent State Women's Golf in Ninth Place at NCAA Regional First Round

Updated 5/8/2009

Story Courtesy of KSU Media Relations


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kent State's opening round at the NCAA Central Regional had a bit of a roller coaster feel as the Golden Flashes started slow, then rattled off a string red numbers before struggling a bit over the final 10 holes.


When it was all said and done, the sixth-seeded Flashes carded a +17, 305 to currently stand ninth of 21 teams at the completion of the first round. Ohio State is hosting the event at the par 72, 6,246-yard Scarlet Course.


Sophomore Martina Gavier led the Flashes with a 74 that included three birdies and is tied for 13th. Senior Kirby Dreher posted a workmanlike 76, while senior Maddi Swaney and freshman Mandi Morrow carded rounds of 77 and 78, respectively. Swaney¹s scorecard included an eagle on the par-5 14th when she holed out her third shot from a greenside bunker.


Top-seeded UCLA holds a commanding 11-shot lead on the rest of the field after opening with a four-under, 284. A pair of Big Ten schools hold down the next spot, as both Michigan State and Purdue turned in a 295 (+7).


The Bruins also boast the top three individuals as Stephanie Kono and Maria Jose Uribe are tied for the individual lead after matching 69s, while Sydnee Michaels is just a shot back, tied with Wake Forest¹s Natalie Sheary for third.


Kent State will tee off at 1:20 p.m. in Friday¹s second round. The low eight teams at the conclusion of play Saturday will advance to the NCAA Championship May 19-22 in Owings Mills, Md.


Hole-by-hole live scoring for the event can be found


Team Scores

1. UCLA 284

T2. Michigan State 296

T2. Purdue 295

4. Oklahoma State 297

5. Wake Forest 298

6. New Mexico 301

T7. Georgia State 303

T7. UT-Chattanooga 303

9. Kent State 305

10. Ohio State 306

T11. Kentucky 308

T11. Washington 308

T11. Louisville 308

14. Stanford 310

15. Illinois State 311

T16. N.C. State 312

T16. Michigan 312

18. Notre Dame 316

19. Harvard 318

20. Murray State 322

21. Fairleigh Dickinson 328


Individual Leaders

T1. Stephanie Kono, UCLA 69

T1. Maria Jose Uribe, UCLA 69

T3. Sydnee Michaels, UCLA 70

T3. Natalie Sheary, Wake Forest 70

T5. Jodi Ewart, New Mexico 71

T5. Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Purdue 71

T5. Stacey Miller, Illinois State, 71


Kent State Individuals

T13. Martina Gavier 74

T30. Kirby Dreher 76

T47. Maddi Swaney 77

T58. Mandi Morrow 78

T79. Mercedes Germino 80