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Result: T-7th of 25 teams / Wang T-7th,

Women's Golf at NCAA Championships

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 – 8:20 a.m. (Tues) / 1:20 p.m. (Wed.) / 12:30 p.m. (Thur.) / 8:20 a.m. (Fri.) at Houston, Texas - Bay Oaks Country Club

Knights fifth after day one at NCAA Championships

Kristin Miyagi
Kristin Miyagi fired a 79 in her NCAA Championships debut
Photo: Erik Williams

Results (PDF)

HOUSTON, Texas – The Carleton College women’s golf team wrapped up day one of the NCAA Championships at Bay Oaks Country Club in a tie for fifth place after posting a score of 310, four shots off the pace. That is the lowest single-round score posted by the Knights in their four trips to the national tournament.

The No. 1-ranked Knights sat atop the leaderboard through 10 holes, but holes No. 11-13 tripped them up a bit as Carleton’s five players went a combined 10-over par during that stretch despite picking up three birdies. The Knights were hardly the only ones to struggle through that portion of the course. The back nine featured four of the five toughest scoring holes on day one, including No. 11 and No. 13

No. 11-ranked University of Redlands was one of the first teams to tee off in the morning and carded a team total of 306 (+18), then watched it stand up for the opening round lead. No. 5 DePauw University and No. 10 Methodist are one shot back at 307, followed by No. 6 Williams College (309). Carleton and No. 2 George Fox University are tied for fifth at 310, while No. 3 New York University is tied with No. 17 Washington and Lee for seventh at 311. Defending national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is ninth at 315.

Individually, Ziyi Wang (Sr./Beijing City, China/Lighthouse Christian Academy) is tied for sixth with a 3-over 75. She is making her fourth trip to Nationals—three of which have been played at the this course—and that score is tied for her third lowest tally over that span.

Wang totaled four birdies on the day, tied for third-most in the 131-player field. A birdie at No. 10 moved her to 3-under and momentarily put her atop the leaderboard. She played the next three holes in six-over par, though, including a triple bogey on No. 11 before bouncing back and playing even over the final five holes to finish with her 3-over 75.

Ayumi Sakamoto (Sr./Honolulu, Hawaii/ʻIolani School) is tied for 22nd. She was five-over par after seven holes but shook off the slow start to play even par the rest of the way. She carded a 5-over 77, tied for her second-lowest score in her three trips to the NCAA Championships.

Kristin Miyagi (Fy./Honolulu, Hawaii/'Iolani School) made her Nationals debut and carded a 7-over 79, tying her for 39th. She was five over at the turn but birdied No. 11 and played the back nine in a two-over par, second-best on the squad.

Abby Euyang (So./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) finished with a 7-over 79, her best round in two trips to the NCAA Championships. She got off to a strong start, parring each of the first seven holes. After a bogey at No. 8, she came back with a birdie on the next hole and made the turn at even par. A triple bogey at No. 12 showcased the Knights’ combined struggles on that hole as four of the five Carleton players tallied at least a bogey on that hole. Euyang played the final four holes in four-over par and to match Miyagi for fourth on the roster. 

Alyssa Akiyama (Jr./Terrace Park, Ohio/Seven Hills School) carded two birdies but totaled only seven pars on the day and returned the clubhouse with an 8-over 80. She made the turn at five-over par before playing the back nine in three-over par despite registering only two pars over that stretch.

Carleton totaled 10 birdies on the day, tied with NYU and Methodist for most in the field.

Centre College sophomore Bailey Plourde fired a 1-under 71 to grab the top spot on the individual leaderboard by two strokes over Whittier College’s Taylor Beckwith.

The Knights will again play alongside NYU and DePauw in Wednesday’s second round. They will start on the back and with tee that times begin at 1:20 p.m.