Event 5: Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate
Hosted by: Tennessee Tech
Location: Sevierville, Tenn.
Course: Sevierville Golf Club -Highlands Course
Details: Par-71, Yardage – 5,803
Weather at Start of Round: Round 1 - 49, Mostly Sunny
Place After Final Round: 9 of 9 (+69)
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. --- Carson Racich carded a 4-over, 75, and sits in a tie for eighth after day one of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech. The freshman started out strong as she birdied three of the first four holes of the day. The performance has Racich four strokes out of the top five and seven strokes behind the leader, Valentina Giraldo of Jacksonville State.
Racich opened the tournament with a six foot birdie putt on the par-4, 5th, and followed with her tee shot hitting the flag on the par-3, 6th. The ball stuck a foot away from the hole, allowing for a tap in for birdie.
After a par on No. 7, Racich hit a 6-iron to the right and missed the green on the par-3, 8th. The Love Park, Ill. product then chipped in over a hill for birdie to mover her to 3-under after three holes. The first-year stayed hot on the par-5, 9th, as she was able to get up and down to save par after hitting her third shot fat into the green side bunker.
“Today was relaxing,” Racich said. “I started out well and just kept the momentum going. After I made my turn I started to struggle a little, but I changed my mind set to thinking about just executing good shots instead of looking at the score.”
After struggling a bit, Racich found a groove and was able to save par on the par-3, 18th, as she hit a pitching wedge from 133 yards a bit high, leaving it short. Racich kept her composure to sink a 10-footer for par. On the very next hole, she put her second shot into a fairway bunker and layed up with a wedge to the side of the green. Racich chipped to four feet for par to stay at 4-over.
“I had confidence in many clubs I don’t typically hit, including the 3-wood,” Racich added. “I hope to keep the momentum going tomorrow. It’s a great way to start the season.”
Racich made four birdies and eight pars on the day, as she hit all 12 fairways, eight fairways and needed just 25 putts on the day.
Haleigh Riley joined Racich in scoring for the Tigers with a first round 88. The score by Riley is six strokes better than her best round on the same course a year ago. Morgan Rood and Savannah Szozda posted countable scores for the Tigers, while Dhani McDowell finished three strokes behind Szozda.
Leaderboard (55 Golfers)
1. Valentina Giraldo (Jacksonville State) 68, -3
T8. Carson Racich 75, +4
51. Haleigh Riley 88, +17
53. Morgan Rood 93, +22
54. Savannah Szozda 97, +26
55. Dhani McDowell 100, +29