MISSION HILLS, Kan. – The Roadrunner women’s golf team finished the first day of competition at the Western Athletic Conference Championship in fourth place and well within striking distance of leader UMKC. CSU Bakersfield’s Ariel Lee is tied for second overall after shooting a three-over-par 73 on Wednesday at Indian Hills Country Club.

“I thought we played some solid golf today,” said Meghan Thomason, Head Coach of the women’s squad and CSUB’s Director of Golf. “Indian Hills isn’t a golf course where you get away with many mistakes. We definitely have a few things to clean up this afternoon, but overall, I’m happy with our start.”

Lee, a junior from Singapore, had two birdies on the first five holes and held on to post her third-best 18-hole score of the season. The 73 for Lee tied her for second overall and just one stroke behind the individual leader, Grand Canyon’s Deanna Salvatori.

Three strokes behind Lee with a 76 (+6) was fellow junior Tori Peers, who is also in the Top 10 overall in a tie for eighth. Freshman Macey Mills posted a score of 79 (+9) while junior Julia Stewart rounded out the CSUB scoring-four with a card of 82 (+12). Senior Chandler Bullman brought up the rear with a round of 86 (+16) on the windy day in Kansas.

CSUB’s four-woman score of 310 (+30) was good enough for fourth overall among the seven WAC teams in competition on Wednesday. The ‘Runners sit one stroke behind New Mexico State, two strokes behind Seattle U, and only seven strokes back of UMKC.

The Roadrunners and the rest of the WAC will return to Indian Hills Country Club on Thursday for the second of three rounds of competition. CSUB will start teeing off at 8:40 a.m. (CT) with staggered starts every 10 minutes.