CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Senior Logan Willis tied her 18-hole season-low as the Loyola University Chicago women's golf team opened play at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship in Cape Girardeau, Mo. today.
The Ramblers finished first-round play at the par-72, 6,214-yard course at the Dalhousie Country Club with a team total of 315 that has the Maroon & Gold in fifth place and only five shots outside of a spot in the top three. Missouri State (302) currently leads the 10-team pack, with Bradley (308) and Northern Iowa (310) following in second and third, respectively. The Bears' Verena Gimmy leads the chase for medalist honors after firing a blistering three-under-par 69.
Willis finds herself just six strokes off the pace being set by Gimmy on the individual leaderboard. The Kohler, Wis. native drained a team-high three putts for birdie over her first 18 holes of the tournament en route to posting a three-over-par 75 that has her tied for sixth.
Freshman Morgan Brown also resides in the top 15 after the opening day of competition. Brown, a native of Lafayette, Ind., is part of a five-way tie for 13th at 78. Sophomore Elayna Bowser, who finished the regular season with a team-low 76.3 stroke average, is tied for 18th following an opening-round score of 79.
Rounding out the Rambler starting five today was the pairing of freshman Sara Padilla and junior Summer Moser. Padilla sits in a tie for 35th at 83, while Moser is a stroke back of her freshman counterpart, tied for 39th, with an 84.
Due to impending weather, second-round action at the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship has been pushed back to at 1 p.m. shotgun start on Monday afternoon.