PACIFIC GROVE, Calif.––Taylor Wells (Jr./Rochester, Minn./Century) and Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) both posted seven-over par 79s at lead Carleton to a 329 team score, which left the No. 20 Knights 13 shots back of 14th-ranked George Fox (Ore.) and 10 behind 12th-ranked Redlands (Calif.) after the UC-Santa Cruz Invite's first round.
Wells, returning to competition after missing the fall season while on a study abroad experience in Namibia, and Tellbuescher are both tied for fifth. The field battled a steady rain and 10-15 mile-per-hour winds for basically the entire round.
Redlands' Hannah Durette had the round of the day, firing an even-par 72 to grab a give-shot cushion. Teammates Loreece Magsanide and Sydney Maluenda fired 76 and 77, respectively, powering the Northwest Conference defending champions to the top of the leaderboard at 316. Redlands, paced by Durette, posted a 319. Only six players broke 80 in the first round.
Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) added an 85, Grace Gilmore (So./Edina, Minn.) tallied an 86 and Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.) an 87 for the Knights. Maggie Corso (Fy./Palos Park, Ill./Providence Catholic) and Mara Daly (So./St. Louis Park, Minn.) added matching 93s playing as individuals.