Women's Golf Struggles at NCAA Regional

First Day Results (PDF)

STANFORD, Calif. - The Penn women's golf team suffered an unfortunate error following Thursday's first round at the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course, and as a result the Quakers were in last place in the 24-team field.

The teams will play another round Friday and close out with a final round on Saturday. Penn's tee times on Friday will see Lisette Vitter start the day at 8:55 a.m. (11:55 Eastern); Catherine Elliott go off at 9:06; Meredith Kotowski tee off at 9:17; Isabel Han tee off at 9:28; and Tiffany Cheung round out the group at 9:39. Once again, Penn will play with Texas State and Portland State.

It was Vitter who had Penn's best showing on the par-71 Stanford course; playing in the day's final threesome, the senior carded a 3-over-par 74. Unfortunately, after the round she signed a scorecard that had her shooting a 73. That error automatically disqualified her round, and her score was thrown out. The error cost Penn 16 strokes as a team, and instead of being in 21st place the Red and Blue dropped to 24th.

Cheungended up being credited withPenn'slow roundon Thursday; the sophomore birdied three ofher first four holes on the way to a 5-over-par 76 which put her in a tie for 47th overall. After that, Han ended the day at 81 and was tied for 103rd while Kotowski carded an 82 and is tied for 110th. Elliott struggled to a 90 on the day and ended up 121st in the field.

Virginia and Arizona are tied for first place after Thursday's round; both teams shot 291 and are one shot ahead of UCLA and California. Individually, Madeleine Ziegert of San Jose State shot 4-under par 67 to take a one-shot lead over California's Pia Halbig. Overall, five women finished the day under par, with seven others who were at even par.

Download: NCAA West Round1.pdf