FISHERS, Ind. -- Jenna Hague opened with an even-par 72 to grab the first-round lead Monday and help the Ball State women’s golf team post the second-best score of the day at The 2013 Preview.
The Cardinals recorded a total of 23-over par 311 as a team and trail Toledo by seven strokes with one round to play. Ball State will play with the Rockets and third-place Eastern Michigan (+26) in Tuesday’s final round at the Hawthorns Golf & Country Club.
Tuesday’s action gets underway at 9:30 a.m. with the 16-team field going off in a shotgun start. Complete tournament results will be available at the conclusion of play at ballstatesports.com.
Hague owns a two-shot lead on the individual leaderboard over a pair of Toledo golfers, Manisa Isavas and Sathika Ruenreong, both of whom are two-over. The junior from Ontario opened with a birdie, one of three on the day, and also birdied the 17th hole to get back to level for the day.
Two other Ball State golfers are among the top 15 after carding rounds in the 70s in chilly, wet conditions on the par-72, 6,127-yard layout. Sarah Westaway is tied for eighth place after a 78, while defending individual medalist Meghan Perry is tied for 11th following a 79.
Ball State also counted an 82 from Mary Welch toward its team score. Welch is tied for 32nd, while Karley Dobis is tied for 42nd after an 83. All five golfers in the Cardinals’ lineup are among the top half of the field of 94 players.
Additionally, three Ball State golfers are competing as individuals this week. Brenna Obergfell posted the top score among that trio with an 86.
The Preview is being contested on the same Hawthorns course that will host the Mid-American Conference Championships in the spring. Eight MAC schools are in the field this week along with eight other teams.
Ball State is the defending Preview champion after winning last year’s event at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. Perry took medalist honors by one stroke last year.