2010 NCAA Golf Championships - Day One

Matuszak Leads the Field as Belles Sit in Fourth

 

Natalie Matuszak watches her putt during day one of the NCAA DIII Championships.
Natalie Matuszak watches her
putt during day one of the
NCAA DIII Championships.
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - Sophomore Natalie Matuszak is currently tied for the lead while the #8 nationally ranked Saint Mary's golf team sits in fourth place at the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships.

As a team, the Belles shot a 336 (+44) in day one at the Division III Championships at El Campeon Golf Course at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort.  Winners of the last 12 straight DIII titles, the 22-time champion Methodist University is currently in first place after the first of four days with a score of 317 (+25).

Natalie Matuszak shot a stellar three-over 76 on day one to lead the Belles and share the overall lead with Methodist's Paige Caldwell.  The 76 ties the best first round score by a Saint Mary's player with Stefanie Simmerman's 76 during her individual championship title run in 2003.

Mary Kate Boyce also put together a strong first day with a 79 (+6) to hold a share of seventh place in the field of 105 golfers.  The 79 matches the junior's best round at the NCAA Championships as she shot a 79 at day one of the tournament last May.

Christine Brown and Perri Hamma turned in scores of 90 and 91 to help the Belles to one of their best day one finishes at the championships.  Brown's score of 90 puts her in a tie for 59th while Hamma's 91 has her holding a share of 71st.

Rosie O'Connor rounded out the five Belles playing in the event with a 95 (t-93).  

The Belles will tee off of the back nine beginning at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.

 

Team Leader Board - Day One

Course:Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort: Championship Tees     Par 73 - 5901 yards
current
position
team scoring rounds total
score
to par thru today 1
1
1 *** Methodist University
+25 F   +25 317 317
T2
5 *** Wisconsin-Eau Claire
+39 F   +39 331 331
T2
3 *** Gustavus Adolphus
+39 F   +39 331 331
4
  St. Marys College(IN)
+44 F   +44 336 336
5
13 *** Olivet College
+46 F   +46 338 338
6
15 *** Allegheny
+51 F   +51 343 343
7
6 *** DePauw University
+52 F   +52 344 344
8
23 *** Wartburg College
+54 F   +54 346 346
9
17 *** Centre College
+55 F   +55 347 347
10
27 *** Schreiner University
+56 F   +56 348 348
11
4 *** George Fox University
+57 F   +57 349 349
12
18 *** Washington U.-St. Louis
+60 F   +60 352 352
T13
9 *** Illinois Wesleyan
+61 F   +61 353 353
T13
7 *** Williams College
+61 F   +61 353 353
15
11 *** Southwestern Univ.
+62 F   +62 354 354
16
14 *** Otterbein College
+63 F   +63 355 355
17
24 *** Franklin College
+68 F   +68 360 360
18
10 *** St. Lawrence Univ.
+72 F   +72 364 364
19
19 *** Whitworth
+74 F   +74 366 366
20
  Carroll University WI
+81 F   +81 373 373