Jayhawks in 14th After Day One at Betsy Rawls Invitational in Austin

March 17, 2008

AUSINT, Texas – Kansas sophomore Emily Powers finished in the top-15 to lead the Kansas women’s golf team during the first day of the Betsy Rawls Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club (6,344 yards, par-72) in Austin, Texas, Monday. The Jayhawks finished tied for 14th place after completing 18 holes on day one with a score of 325.

“Today wasn’t our best, but considering the conditions I think we are in decent shape,” head coach Erin O’Neil said. “The girls hung in there today and kept fighting until the end. This is a course that the more times you play it, the better off you are. The plan is to take it one shot at a time the next two days and keep working hard.”

Powers is currently tied for 11th place after firing a five-over-par 77during the opening round, while freshman Grace Thiry completed the day with a first-round score of 80, good enough to tie in 33th place.

Senior Annie Giangrosso and sophomore Meghan Gockel each tied for 66th place after carding first-round scores of 84. Freshman Meghna Bal shot 87 to open the event and is currently tied in 80th place.

New Mexico set the pace for the 17-team field with a first round score of 303, while Ornella Jouven of Florida currently leads in the individual standings after completing the opening round with an even-par score of 72.

The Jayhawks will look to improve on their individual and team standings as second-round action continues Tuesday, followed by the final 18 holes of competition to take place on Wednesday.

Check back to kuathletics.com following the second and third rounds for a complete recap and results.

Kansas ScoresT11 Emily Powers – 77 (+5)T33 Grace Thiry – 80 (+8)T66 Annie Giangrosso – 84 (+12)T66 Meghan Gockel – 84 (+12)T80 Meghna Bal – 87 (+15)

TEAM LEADERBOARD1 New Mexico 3032 Florida 3053 Texas 3084 Arkansas 3115 Notre Dame 3176 Nebraska 319T7 Oklahoma 320T7 Indiana 320T7 Iowa State 320T7 Missouri 320T11 TCU 321T11 Ohio State 32113 Southern Methodist 32314 Kansas 325T15 Baylor 329T15 Baylor 329T15 Wisconsin 32918 Texas (B) 331