KIAWAH ISLAND — The Newberry College women’s golf team shot a 38-over par 326 in the opening round of the Kiawah Island Classic at the Oak Point Golf Course to stand in 26th place — ahead of 10 Division I teams in the team standings after 18 holes.
Newberry is the only non-Division I team in the event and is playing in its second tournament on Kiawah Island this semester. The event is one of the largest tournaments in college golf and sees the Wolves go up against their toughest competition of the season.
Sophia Opitz is Newberry’s leader after the first round, shooting a 5-over par 77 and sits in a tie for 63rd in the 192-player field representing 36 schools. The freshman closed out her round strongly with two consecutive birdies.
Marianna Monaco shot a 9-over par 81 to sit in a tie for 12th. Her score was impressive after a rough start, going only 4-over in the final 14 holes.
Eline Askeland and Annabelle Dallery are tied for 139th at 12-over par 84, with Askeland coming in as one of four golfers to record an eagle on the fourth hole. Korey Coleman is tied for 180th with a 19-over par 91.
The Wolves are ahead of Western Kentucky, USC Upstate, Tennessee Tech, Marshall, Northern Kentucky, Bucknell, Richmond, Rutgers, The Citadel and Niagara in the standings.
Newberry played in groups with UNC Greensboro (+24, t-17th) and Rutgers (+52, t-33rd) in Monday’s second round, moving over to the Cougar Point Golf Course starting at 10:03 a.m.
The Newberry Wolves were one of only a third of the teams in the field at the Kiawah Island Classic to improve their score from the first round, but still fell to 27th in the standings after Monday’s second round.
The Wolves cut three strokes from their first round score to shoot a 323 in Monday’s second round. Newberry is in 27th place with a two-day score of 649, just one stroke behind UNC Greensboro and five strokes behind Western Kentucky and Tennessee Tech.
Korey Coleman had the fourth-largest turnaround of any player in the field, cutting 14 strokes from her first round performance. She carded four birdies on the day on the way to a 5-over par 77. She is in a tie for 142nd in the 192-golfer field, still recovering from Sunday’s round.
Eline Askeland shot a 9-over par 81 and is in a tie for 129nd at 165. Marianna Monaco shot an 82 Monday to sit in a tie for 114th at 163. Sophia Opitz couldn’t maintain her momentum from the first round and is now tied for 131rd at 166, with Annabelle Dallery tied for 136th at 167, as the Wolves are all tightly packed.
Newberry dropped in the standings despite an improved performance because two teams behind the Wolves dropped massive amounts of strokes. Western Kentucky improved by 12 strokes and Tennessee Tech improved by 22 strokes to leapfrog over the Wolves.
With weather conditions predicted to decline Tuesday, the start for the final round was pushed to a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start. Newberry’s golfers were in groups with UNC Greensboro and Towson.
The Wolves are the only non-Division I team in the massive field of 36 teams and 192 golfers. Newberry is currently in front of nine Division I schools — Towson, Rutgers, Marshall, USC Upstate, The Citadel, Northern Kentucky, Bucknell, Richmond and Niagara.