HANOVER, N.H. – At Hanover Country Club, the Quinnipiac women's golf team stood in 12th place, out of 12 teams, after the first day of the Dartmouth Invitational. Senior Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) was tied for 45th place out of 60 golfers with a +19, 91.
"Four our first tournament of the season, the team exceeded my expectations," head coach John O'Connor said. "Hanover is one of the most spectacular golf courses in the Northeast – it's picturesque and challenges golfers on every hole. A great round can turn bad in an instant."
Nagel carded a 45 on the front nine at Hanover, before finishing the day with a 46 on the back nine. First-year Bobcat Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrews, Manitoba), a junior transfer from Northwood University, was a stroke off Nagel with a +20, 92 (44-48).
"[Amanda] Nagel had the best round of the day and Kayla Ketcheson struggled with the extreme elevation changes of the course," explained O'Connor.
Freshman Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) was at +24 after the first day after shooting a 96 (50-46) for 53rd place. Sophomore Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) was at +30 (48-54, 102), while senior Devon Gibney (Hopkinton, Mass.), an All-NEC Women's Lacrosse First Team pick in 2011, shot a +31-102 (51-52) in her first collegiate golf tournament.
"Hannah Russell showed signs of brilliance with a few missteps along the way," O'Connor commented. "Jenn Forlenza chipped in a few shots around the green and should perform much better tomorrow. Walk-on Devon Gibney held her own in her first collegiate golf tournament and will turn things around tomorrow."
Tournament host Dartmouth sat in first place after the first day with a 302, while Hartford (320), Central Connecticut State (324) and the Dartmouth "White" (327) team filled in the 2-through-4 slots. Siena and Hofstra tied for fifth with a 328, followed by Boston University (334), Albany (335), Niagara (349), Fairfield (351), Holy Cross (377) and Quinnipiac (381).
"We've made great progress and will continue to improve as we get more experience," O'Connor said. "We have two weeks to prepare for the next event and I have high expectations for this team."
The Bobcats tee-off from Hanover Country Club at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.