Kent State Takes the Lead After the First Round of MAC Women's Golf Championship

Updated 4/23/2010

Story Courtesy of Toledo Media Relations Office

FISHERS, IN - Five schools are within 10 strokes of the lead and Kent State holds a four-stroke lead over Ball State following Friday's first round of the 2010 Mid-American Conference Women's Golf Championship. The tournament is being hosted by the University of Toledo at the par-72, 6,037-yard Hawthorns Golf & Country Club. Rain started falling midway through the round with intermittent showers continuing throughout the afternoon.

The Golden Flashes are looking to capture their 12th straight MAC Championship and remain the only school that has won the conference's women's golf title.

Western Michigan's Elise Swartout was the only golfer to shoot under par in the first round, carding a one-under 71. The Bronco senior opener her round with a birdie on the par-four, 359-yard first hole and shot a two-under 34 on the front nine. After bogeying the 10th hole, she registered pars on her final eight holes.

The Golden Flashes' Martina Gavier and Cardinals' Rachael Pruett are one stroke behind Swartout with even-par 72s. Gavier and Pruett were both consistent throughout as their rounds as each featured just two birdies and two bogeys.

Saturday's second round begins with tee times starting at 8:00 a.m.

1. Kent State 297 (+9)
2. Ball State 301 (+13)
3. Western Michigan 305 (+17)
4. Eastern Michigan 306 (+18)
5. Toledo 307 (+19)
6. Akron 310 (+22)
7. Ohio 326 (+38)
8. Bowling Green 335 (+47)
9. Northern Illinois 338 (+50)

1. Elise Swartout (WMU) 71 (-1)
T2. Martina Gavier (KSU) 72 (E)
T2. Rachael Pruett (BSU) 72 (E)
T4. Robyn Scott (EMU) 74 (+2)
T4. Emily Podzielinski (EMU) 74 (+2);