Van Zanen Leads Women's Golf on Day One of Music City Invitational

Van Zanen carded three birdies on her way to an opening round 80. (PHOTO BY Bill Ziskin)

Phoenix, Arizona, freshman shoots opening round 80 for 35th place overall

OLD HICKORY, Tenn. (October 22, 2018) -  Freshman Sloane Van Zanen carded an opening round 80 to lead Stonehill College on day one of the Music City Invitational, hosted by Travecca Nazarene University, on the 5,780-yard, par-72, layout at Old Hickory Country Club today.

Van Zanen matched a program record with three birdies on her way to an opening round 80 on Monday, good for a tie for 35th place in the field of 103 golfers, including some of the top teams in Division II women's golf. Her three birdies are tied for eighth in the field after the first day, matching the previous program-best by classmate Emma Beaulieu in the opening round of the Penmen Columbus Day Invitational on October 6. Van Zanen birdied back-to-back holes on the 11th and 12th on her way to a three-over-par 40 on the back nine, after carding a three on the par-4 fourth on the front.

Konacki posted a season-low round for the Skyhawks today. (PHOTO BY Bill Ziskin)

Stonehill sits 18th out of the 20 programs competing at the event with a 346 team score. Grand Valley State University shot a nine-over-par team score of 297 to lead defending NCAA Division II National Champion University of Indianapolis (301) by four strokes, with Tiffin University close behind at 304. The Skyhawks are just eight strokes behind NE10 runners-up Franklin Pierce University (338) for 16th place, while leading Bellermine University (359) and Alderson-Broaddus University (360). Indianapolis's Pilar Echeverria leads the individual leaderboard after an opening-round 70 (-2).

Beaulieu posted a round of 82 today, carding a birdie on the par-3 15th on her way to a two-over-par 39 on the back nine. She sits in a tie for 48th overall. Freshman Alexis Annarummo finished with seven pars on the way to an 89, while junior Jennifer Kornacki posted a season-low round of 95, just two strokes shy of her career-best, with four pars in her round. Sophomore Katelyn Jylkka finished with a 98, carding three pars.

Stonehill closes out its fall schedule when it competes in the second round of the Music City Invitational tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

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