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COON RAPIDS, Minn.—Shannon Holden (Fy./Simi Valley, Calif./Royal) fired a five-over par 77 and the No. 19 Carleton College women’s golf team opened the 2013 MIAC Championships on the right foot, posting a season-best 318 team score to sit second after the first round.
The top of the team leaderboard is tight, with unranked College of St. Benedict leading the chase at 317, followed by the Knights. Defending champion St. Olaf College tallied its best round of the season and sits third at 319. No. 13 University of St. Thomas and No. 16 Gustavus Adolphus College are tied for fourth at 320.
Kelsey Moede (Jr./Lake Oswego, Ore.), runner-up at last year’s conference tournament, opened with a solid 79, while sophomore Grace Gilmore (Edina, Minn.) added an 80. Geraldine Tellbuescher (Fy./Ashiya, Japan/Canadian Academy) posted an 82 to round out Carleton’s scoring players.
The Knights’ total is the second-best round in school history, trailing only the 315 the Knights posted at the 2012 MIAC Championships’ second round.
The Blazer’s Bridget Cummings, who was three-under par on the opening four holes, notched at one-over par 73 to grab the individual lead by two shots. UST’s Erin Dingmann and Gustavus’ Lauren Johnson are two shots back, while St. Olaf’s Grace Luker fired a career-low 76 to lead the Oles’ efforts. Holden and Macalester’s Elena Baker are tied for fifth at 77, while Moede is part of a four-player group at seven-over par and tied for seventh.
Gilmore, who is one shot outside of the top 10, had the shot of the day for the Knights. On the short par-4 11th hole, she hit a perfect nine iron from 108 yards, landing just short of the pin and trickling in for the eagle.
“We feel really good about our round and where we stand,” Carleton head coach Eric Sieger said. “The girls felt like it was just a very solid round – nothing spectacular, but no major mistakes for the most part. We feel like we have a few more shots out there and maybe one or two of them can get hot and take it really low.”
The 54-hole gets underway tomorrow with the second round at 11:30 a.m. The Knights are off at 12:48 p.m., playing with St. Benedict, St. Olaf and St. Thomas.