UNION, Ky. — The University of Rio Grande women’s golf team finds itself in last place after Monday’s opening day of the River States Conference Tournament at the Lassing Pointe Golf Course.
The RedStorm tallied a 236-over par team total of 524, which is six shots behind Carlow University for eighth place and nine shots behind Ohio Christian University for seventh place.
Golfers were forced to deal with off and on snow and sleet during the round, as well as 20-plus mile-per-hour winds which produced wind chill figures hovering near 20 degrees.
The weather conditions forced a delayed start to the tourney and caused conference officials to cut 18 holes off of the scheduled 54-hole format.
Midway University carded a team total of 344, good enough for a 23-shot lead over Indiana University Kokomo and Indiana University East, who are tied for second place.
Midway’s Kathryn Lawler and Rylee Beard, along with IU East’s Breanna Nowak, are tied for the lead individually after finishing at 13-over par 85.
Rio’s top score came from senior Nicole Asbun (La Paz, Bolivia), who finished with a 99 to tie two others for 19th place.
The RedStorm also got a score of 126 from freshman Kimberly Edelmann (Gallipolis, OH), while freshman Rachael Barber (Ashland, KY) finished at 146, senior Hannah Hawley (Thurman, OH) carded a total of 153 and freshman Jimi Howell (Barberton, OH) recorded a round of 163.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.