RENO, Nev. --- Junior Emily Longcrier shot rounds of 79 and 73 in the first 36 holes of the Wolf Pack Invitational on Tuesday and is currently tied for first place. Longcrier''s total of 152 also helped Sacramento State tie for first place with host Nevada following the first day of competition.
The Hornets scored 320-300-420 on Tuesday and lead Northern Iowa by five strokes heading into the final round. Cal Poly (634) and Texas-San Antonio (647) complete the top five.
After a tough first round, in which three of Sacramento State''s five golfers shot 80-plus, the Hornets bounced back in the afternoon with four scores in the 70s. Senior Margaux Sheehan paced the team in the opening 18 with a round of 78 with Longcrier was one stroke behind.
In the afternoon, Longcrier recorded a collegiate best 73 while senior Jennifer Parkes added a 74. Sacramento State also counted scores from Heather LeMaster (76) and Erica Haney (77).
Overall, Longcrier is tied with Northern Iowa''s Heather Frye and Molly Schemm as well as Nevada''s Nicole deGennaro and Pamela Abreu for the first day lead. The six players are closely followed by 10 others who are within five strokes.
LeMaster is tied for 14th at 81-76-157 to rank second on the team. Parkes and Haney are tied for 17th with a total of 159 while Sheehan is 23rd at 163.
Junior Kim Coppin, who is competing as an individual, shot rounds of 76 and 79 and is tied for ninth place at 155.
The tournament will conclude on Wednesday with one 18-hole round.