March 24, 2003
CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. - The Santa Clara University women's golf team entered the first round of the Colby Classic with hopes of a top three finish in the 11-team field. After firing a season-best team score of 313 in the opening round, the Broncos have their sights set on a first-ever team title.
Led by freshman Meggie Fagundes' collegiate personal best score of 72, Santa Clara opened the seventh annual event tied with Eastern Washington in the team standings after 18 holes. Sacramento State and Gonzaga are tied for third with matching scores of 315, while the University of British Columbia sits in fifth-place after firing a 325.
The 36-hole tournament ends Tuesday with 18 holes beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the 5,937-yard, par 72 West Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club.
"I was really pleased with the way our team played today but we are really going to have to focus tomorrow," said Head Coach Polly Schulze. "We aren't used to being out in front so this is a great learning experience for our players. We know the job is only half done at this point and we have a long way to go. If we stay focused and continue to play consistent, we have a great chance to finish on top."
Fagundes, a native of Atwater, Calif., shot a 33 on the front, which the best score of the day over the opening nine holes. She is tied with Gonzaga's Kelsey Posedel, who matched the one-over-par 72 on the 5,801-yard, par 71 East Course. Eastern Washington's Jennifer Dolph sits in third-place, just four strokes back with a 76.
Candice Palmer and Nikki Mack are tied for 12th in the individual standings after firing identical nine-over-par 80s, while Courtney Dimpel-Composti is in a group of nine players tied for 17th with a 10-over 81.
Fagundes entered the day with a stroke average of 85.4 and her best finish was a 25th-place effort at the Cal Poly Invitational. Her 72 in today's first round of the Colby Classic was eight strokes better than her previous top round of 80 at the Bronco Fall Classic in Boise, Idaho. Santa Clara's 313 was its best team score of the season. Its previous best was a 316 in the second round of the Bronco Fall Classic.