Lufkin (April 15, 2013) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's golf team will have some work to do on the final day as the Cru looks to make it three consecutive American Southwest Conference Championships. UMHB is in second place after the opening day of the 2013 ASC Tournament, two shots off the pace set by U.T.-Tyler. The Cru fired a 341 team total in Monday's opening round and trails the 339 team total posted by the Patriots. Schreiner University is in third place, two shots behind UMHB with a 343 team score. Hardin-Simmons holds down fourth place at 359, Texas Lutheran University is in fifth place with a 367 and Concordia Texas carded a 436 for sixth place in the team standings.
Taylor O'Rear posted the low individual finish for the UMHB women on Monday. The defending ASC individual champion fired an 82 and is tied for third place. Sara Eckert shot 83 for the Cru and is tied for fifth place, Kelly Gonyea's 87 is good for a tie for ninth place, Victoria Thane recorded an 89 and is tied for 14th place while Elizabeth Davis shot 90 to tie for 17th place. Schreiner's Gabby Rosales has the individual lead by five strokes after firing an opening round 76. U.T.-Tyler's Jordan Sloane is in second place individually with an opening day 81.
The two-day, 36-hole event is being played on a par-72, 5,842-yard layout at Crown Colony Golf Course in Lufkin. Teams will tee off for Tuesday's final round with an 8:30 AM shotgun start. The ASC Tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships. The Cru women have won nine ASC titles, including a 31-stroke win over U.T.-Tyler in last year's conference tournament.