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Bowery Leads Drake On Day One Of Monterey Bay Invitational

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: March 18, 2012
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MONTEREY, Calif. - A diverse array of weather conditions had its affect on opening-round play at the Monterey Bay Invitational on Sunday (March 18) as the Drake women's golf team fired an 18-hole total of 342 to sit 10th among 14 teams at the Del Monte Golf Club.

"Conditions today had an affect on scores, and when you're not striking the ball well, which we weren't today, this is a tough place to score," Bulldog head coach Leanne Smith commented.  "I'm looking forward to playing better and hopefully lowering our score tomorrow."

Playing in her first collegiate tournament, in front of family and friends, sophomore Cristina Bowery (Carmel, Calif.) paced the Drake attack shooting a team-low 83 to stand tied for 38th.

"Cristina (Bowery) hung in there today shooting an 83 in her first collegiate tournament," said Smith.  "It was nice for her to play so well in her first collegiate tournament so near where she grew up."

Rounding out the Bulldogs' top five were freshman Danielle Brooks (Red Wing, Minn.), junior Chelsey Falk (Glenwood, Minn.), sophomore Hadley Jennings (Trenton, Mo.) and senior Paige Menze (Oxbow, N.D.).  They registered opening-round scores of 86 (T-54th), 86 (T-54th), 87 (T-58th) and 92 (T-72nd), respectively.

Playing as an individual was senior Christy Wittmer (Hampton, Iowa), who carded a 93, to sit tied for 74th.

Tournament play continues on Monday (March 19) with another 18 holes.  Tee times begin at 10:00 a.m. CT.

MONTEREY BAY INVITATIONAL

MARCH 18, 2012 • 18 HOLES

DEL MONTE GOLF CLUB (MONTEREY, CALIF.)

1) Missouri State 303 (303)

2) Winthrop 315 (315)

3) Houston Baptist 317 (317)

4) Illinois State 319 (319)

5) Columbia 321 (321)

6) Central Arkansas 325 (325)

7) Cal Poly 326 (326)

Wichita State 326 (326)

9) Stephen F. Austin 329 (329)

10) Drake 342 (342)

11) Nebraska-Omaha 347 (347)

12) Creighton 353 (353)

CSU Bakersfield 353 (353)

14) St. Francis (NY) 390 (390)

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