LINCOLN, Neb. (May 21, 2013) – With wind speeds averaging 15 to 20 mph from the north, a brisk afternoon had most people asking the No.5 Lubbock Christian University Lady Chaparrals how they competed so well against the wind during the opening round of the 2013 NAIA Women's Golf National Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. All in response each answered the same, "we are from Lubbock, Texas." Familiar to the winds of West Texas, LCU carded a team score of 304 and they sit in second place of the NAIA's championship event after the first day of action.
The Lady Chaps, seeking their first ever national title in women's golf, sit three strokes back of Embry-Riddle (Fla.), who was led by a 2-under-par (70) from Heather Wiquist on the par-72 layout. LCU received balance play, with Shelbye Hill and Sinae Montoya each shooting a 75 (+3). Hill was very consistent with her game, as she shot par on 16 of the 18 holes, including the final 12. The 16 pars is a tournament high. Montoya was just 1-over-par on the back nine for her 75. The pair are currently tied for second place individually. Mariah Montoya was just one stroke back of Hill and her sister Sinae with a 76. She drained a long putt on the ninth hole to finish the front nine 1-over-par. Mariah co-led the field in par-five scoring with a 1-under-par on those holes. She also ranked tied for second in birdies with three. Anna Schopp stumbled on the front nine, going 6-over-par, but she rebounded to shoot par on the back nine for a total score of 78. Kelsey Garcia also competed for LCU and finished with an 84 (+12).
LCU sits six strokes ahead of No.6 California State San Marcos (310) and No.2 Oklahoma City (310). No.1 Savannah College of Art & Design (Savannah) sits in 13th after carding a 320. There are three Sooner Athletic Conference programs in the top-six, as Wayland Baptist University is sixth with a 313.
It marks the second consecutive championship tournament the Lady Chaps have been sitting in second place after the opening round. Last season, LCU was three strokes behind Shorter College. They would eventually finish in seventh place at the event held in Greeneville, Tenn. The four-day tournament resumes Wednesday with LCU receiving the morning set of tee-times. The Lady Chaps will tee off at 7:30 a.m. grouped with Northwood (Fla.) and Savannah College of Art & Design (Atlanta).