CONOVER, N.C. - Marisa Toivonen is tied for ninth after the first day of the NCAA Division II Golf Championships. Toivonen and Allie Ostrander qualified for the national meet as individuals and both finished in the top 25 after day one at the Rock Barn Golf Course.
Toivonen ranks as the third-highest individual with her two-over 73 on day one. Ostrander carded a five-over 76 and is tied for 22nd in the 72-golfer field after the first of four rounds. Both golfers started the day on the back nine in the one of the first two pairings.
A sophomore from Red Wing, Minn., Toivonen started off her opening round one-under through four holes, but two bogeys on the next three holes left her one-over as she made the turn to the front nine.
Toivonen then started off with two birdies sandwiching a bogey to pull even with six holes remaining, but three straight bogeys derailed her strong start to the back nine. Finishing strong, Toivonen birdied hole No. 8 to bring her back down to her two-over 73 after day one.
Ostrander was one-over entering the final hole of her first nine, but a double bogey sent her into the back nine at three-over. A solid front-nine start for the Gelnwood, Minn. senior kept her there until two bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5 put her up to five-over.
Ostrander would keep that score through the end of her round as she finished with four consecutive pars. With a five-over 76, Ostrander is the tied for 22nd overall and fifth among individuals.
Tina Yang, an individual from California Baptist, leads all golfers with a one-under 70 and Lynn University leads the team score with a 10-over 294 after the first day.
Day two of the NCAA Championships begins tomorrow with Ostrander in the first tee time and Toivonen in the second at 8:30 and 8:40 a.m., respectively.
Courtesy: Augustana Eric Zahn