NEW ALBANY, Ohio - Grand Valley State University has built a nine-stroke lead after the first round of the 2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) women's golf championship being held at the Winding Hollow Golf Club in New Albany, Ohio.
The Lakers posted a first-round total of 323 (+35) in rainy, cold and windy conditions on Friday morning. The University of Findlay currently sits in second place after shooting a total of 332 (+44), four shots clear of Ferris State University, which posted a round of 336 (+48). Northwood University and Ashland University are tied for fourth after each team posted rounds of 341 (+53).
All five GVSU golfers are inside the top 16, including junior Kelly Hartigan, the reigning GLIAC Championship medalist, who holds the individual lead.
Hartigan did not record a birdie all afternoon, but managed to rattle off five consecutive pars to begin the back nine after she battled to a four-over par 40 on the front side. A bogey on the par-4 15th ended the run. She parred the final three holes to get into the clubhouse with a five-over par 77.
Ohio Dominican University sophomore Jamie Ellison shot a first-round 78 and is tied for second place with Findlay's Shelby Warner. Ellison finished with nine pars and two birdies on her round to pace the Panthers, who as a team shot a 358 and sit in eighth place. Warner managed to card a pair of birdies during her round, including a 3 on the tough par 4 No. 11, on her way to posting a two-over-par 38 on the back nine.
The second round of the 2014 GLIAC women's golf championship will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, with the final round taking place on Sunday morning.