The Quinnipiac University women's golf team finished the first round of the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in second place. The Bobcats were led by Nicole Scola (T4th) and Taylor Lambrou (T10th) at Disney's Palm Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
"We are sitting in 2nd place after a difficult day," Bobcats' head coach John O'Connor said. "The weather conditions were great and the course is playing extremely tough – as is indicated by the scores. Taylor Lambrou was our stand-out today with an 83 - which is extremely good for her. Nicole Scola held it together on the back nine. We'll be in the final group tomorrow and look forward to another day of competition."
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Nicole Scola (Westerly, R.I.) finished the first round at the Palms Golf Course with an 82 (+10), good for a tie of fourth place among the 35 golfers at the conference championships. Scola rebounded from a rough front-nine that saw her bogey six holes – including a double bogey on hole No. 4 – to card a +7 on the first half of the round. Scola put together a solid back-nine, shooting par of three of the first four holes she played. After bogeys on holes No. 14 and 15, she shot a par on No. 16 and then birdied No. 17 to finish the back-nine at +3 for a combined +10 for the day.
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Taylor Lambrou (Baldwin, N.Y.) carded a career-best 83 (+11), matching her all-time lowest round she shot at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational on Sept. 9, 2013. Lambrou played an incredible front-nine, bogeying three holes on her way to a +3 on the first half of the day. On the back nine, she shot a +8 to finish the day at +11 to finished tied for 10th.
Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.) shot an 87 (+15), bouncing back from a +10 front nine to shot +5 on the final nine holes. Whaley recovered from a tough hole No. 6, in which she shot a 10, before bogeying holes No. 8 through 11. She then shot par on No. 12, birdied No. 13 before shooting par on three of her final five holes.
Freshman Emily Ribbins (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) was just behind Whaley, tied for 20th place, with an 88 (+16). Ribbins double-bogeyed three holes on the front nine to put her at +10 halfway through the round. She responded with a +6 on the back nine. Jenn Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) finished with a 91 (+19) for the day, tied for 30th out of 30 golfers.
Quinnipiac will play the second round of the 2014 MAAC Championship on Saturday, Apr. 26.