Friday March 15, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Vanderbilt grabbed the early lead Friday in the sixth edition of the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate at ASU’s own Forest Hills Golf Club.
The ninth-ranked Commodores, the highest-ranked team in the field, combined for a 2-over 290 in the first round and moved out to a five-shot lead over No. 16 Purdue. Texas and Notre Dame are third and fourth, respectively, while Coastal Carolina and East Tennessee State are tied for fifth. The Lady Jags are just a single stroke back of both the Chanticleers and Buccaneers.
Vandy’s Lauren Stratton, the No. 4 player for the ‘Dores, registered six birdies and posted a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over teammate Jenny Hahn and Augusta State senior Natalie Wille. Purdue’s Laura Gonzalez is alone in fourth after a 1-under 71 and seven players are tied for fifth.
Wille paced the Lady Jags with a 2-under 70 and Casey Kennedy signed for 76, good for a tie for 21st. Stephanie Bennett managed a 79 while Marit Bjerke and Christine Duschek-Hansen each turned in an 80. ASU junior Shannon Pak and senior Julia Stalbro, playing as individuals, notched an 81 and an 84.
The three-day, 54-hole event features the largest field in the six-year history of the event. Among the 18 teams are ASU, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Illinois, Kennesaw State, Kentucky, Lamar, Maryland, Memphis, Notre Dame, Purdue, Southern Mississippi, Texas, UT San Antonio and Vanderbilt. The field includes six teams ranked in the nation’s top 50 and a total of 99 players will be in action.