MORGANTON, N.C. – Gardner-Webb shot a first-round 304 Sunday and sits in second place at the 2017 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate women's golf tournament after the opening round.
The Runnin' Bulldogs are only one stroke off the lead, with Bethune-Cookman carding a 303 team score Sunday to hold first place. Host Appalachian State (306) is third, followed by Western Carolina, Winthrop and Elon in a tie for fourth – all with rounds of 308.
The event is being played at the Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.
Taylor Dodson shot a first-round 74 to tie for seventh individually (+2), just two strokes behind the leaders.
Gardner-Webb's Julia Henderson (76, +4) is tied for 12th heading into Monday's action. Sarah Bertram (77, +5) and Wassawan Sangkapong (77, +5) are each tied for 16th after the first round, and Allison Chandler rounded out the GWU contingent in a tie for 31st (79, +7).
There were 82 birdies among the 68 individual golfers competing Sunday, with an average score of 80.0 among those 68 rounds played.
The 11 teams in attendance will wrap up play on Monday, weather permitting.