MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. - Led by one-under par 71s from sophomore junior Kelly Drack (Melbourne, Fla.), Tonje Daffinrud (Tonsberg, Norway) and freshman Rachael Watton (Edinburgh, Scotland), the University of Denver women's golf team is leading at even-par after the first round at the Sun Belt Conference Championships on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Ala., on Monday.
"We put in a great effort out there, especially on the front nine," head coach Sammie Chergo said. "We were able to take advantage of the soft greens and capitalize on our ball-striking early. The wind came up and the greens were a little firmer on the back nine, but I am proud of our play today. It was a good start."
The Crimson and Gold carded a 288 to begin the event and lead second-place Middle Tennessee by seven shots (295) with two rounds to play on the 6,264-yard, par-72 Fighting Joe Course.
Drack, Daffinrud and Watton are tied for second-place at one-under par, two strokes behind individual leader, Katie Munday of Florida International (69).
Senior Sarah Faller (Galway, Ireland) is tied for 12th at three-over par after an opening-round 75 and fellow senior Anna Christenson (Lincoln, Neb.) is tied for 22nd, finishing with a four-over par 76 on Monday.
Denver is looking for its ninth-straight SBC crown.
Second-round play begins at 7 a.m. MT on Tuesday. Live coverage is available through GolfStat.
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