The College of Wooster women's golf team turned in a strong 355 in the opening round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships on Friday at the par-74, 5834-yard Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, Ohio. The Fighting Scots sit in a tie for third-place with Denison University.
Sophomore Kaci Carpenter, fresh off a career-best ninth-place finish at last weekend's Franklin College Lady Grizzly Invitational, led the way for Wooster with an 86 and is tied for 12th-place. Carpenter made the turn at 4-over-par, and had a three-hole par run on the front nine, before closing the opening stretch with a par on the par-3, 160-yard No. 9.
Senior Victoria Roney and first-year Tongtong Wu are tied for 16th-place after 89s. Roney pared three of the final five holes on the day, while Wu birdied the par-5, 400-yard No. 18. Wu carded three birdies in the round, the first of which came on the par-3, 128-yard No. 6. Wu's other birdie came on the par-4, 342-yard No. 11.
DePauw University fired a 320 on Friday and carries a one-stroke lead over Wittenberg University into Saturday's round. Wittenberg's Jane Hopkinson-Wood is the clubhouse leader at 2-under-par.
Wooster's slated to tee off from hole No. 1 at 1:39 p.m. on Saturday due Appleman having a lower score than Denison's No. 5 golfer.