NIACC women in 5th after 1st day at Graceland

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Sophomores Courtney Tusler and Brooke Maasch both shot 105s to lead the NIACC women's golf team Friday in the first round of the Graceland University Spring Invitational at the Mozingo Lake Golf Course.

NIACC is in fifth place heading into Saturday's second round with a 428.

Baker University is the first-day leader with a 366. Culver-Stockton is in second with a 372 and Waldorf University is in third with a 373

"The temperatures reached about 52 degrees but a strong wind of 20-30 miles an hour made it much colder than that and made scoring conditions difficult," NIACC coach Chris Frenz said. "This was a tough test of golf and honestly I thought the women did OK.

"They all know they are better than they scored (Friday) but this course played long for them due to the wind and it was a tough mental challenge throughout the day."

Also for the Lady Trojans on Friday, freshman Morgan Luecht shot a 107 and freshmen Ashley Alert and Sydney Fullerton both shot 111s.

Playing as individuals for the Lady Trojans were sophomores Katelyn Loegering (103) and Kelli Wilson (112).

The second 18 holes of the two-day tournament is slated to start at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"I know they aren't happy with their scores but this is the type of weather we could run into during the regional tournament," Frenz said, "so they have to figure it out.

"We'll get a good night sleep (Friday) and hope the weather holds on Saturday so we can get some golf in."