GOODYEAR, Ariz. – In the first two rounds of the Bobcat Desert Invitational, CSU Bakersfield’s women’s golf team had a pair of student-athletes surpass the former Roadrunner 18-hole record of one-over-par.
Junior Tori Peers lowered the Roadrunner record by two strokes in Round 1 before fellow junior Ariel Lee posted an even 72 in the second round on Monday. As a team, the 'Runners finished the day fourth of 14 teams with one of the best days of competition in CSUB history.
“It was a good day for us,” said Meghan Thomason, Director of Golf for CSUB. “I am incredibly proud of Tori and Ariel. Breaking that single-round record was a goal of theirs this year, so, it’s only fitting that they both broke the original record today. They took it shot-by-shot, which is always the goal, but is easier said than done.”
Thomason went on to talk about Round 2, which featured a new team 18-hole record for the ‘Runners: “The entire team really came through in the second round. Ariel, Chandler, Macey, and Julia all significantly improved their scores from the first round, which was huge. It takes four solid scores all the time to compete out there. We still have some work to do tomorrow, so, we will strive to take the same mindset into the third round.”
In the first round of the tournament, the ‘Runners were led by Peers, who broke the school’s all-time single-round record with a score of 71 (-1). A native of Grand Island, Neb., Peers used two birdies, one bogey, and 15 parred holes to break CSUB’s previous record, held by herself and three other ‘Runners, by two strokes. After the first 18 holes, the junior was tied for second overall among 77 student-athletes in the tournament.
Behind Peers was freshman Macey Mills, who carded a first-round score of 76 (+4), her best 18-hole score of the season by two strokes. Lee, a junior, came into the clubhouse with a 79 while Julia Stewart and Chandler Bullman rounded out the ‘Runner scoring four with identical marks of 82.
As a team, CSUB was seventh among the 14 teams at the Bobcat Desert Invitational with a first-round total of 308 (+20) strokes. The round tied CSUB’s second-best of the season and tied the third-best all-time for the ‘Runners. CSUB also sat just two strokes behind fellow Western Athletic Conference member Utah Valley.
Despite not breaking Peers’ new record, Lee surpassed the old CSUB record with a new collegiate-best round of 72 (E) in the second set of 18 holes on Monday. Lee’s score led the ‘Runners in the round while all four of her teammates shot in the 70s to give the 'Runners a new school single-round record.
Coming in four strokes behind Lee was Peers with a second-round score of 76 (+4). Third in the round for the ‘Runners was Mills at 77 while Stewart and Bullman both improved four strokes to 78.
Collectively, the ‘Runners posted a four-woman score of 303 (+15), improving their previous round by five strokes. The score is also a new CSUB 18-hole record, lowering the previous mark by two strokes. Only three teams had better second rounds than the ‘Runners on Monday as CSUB moved into fourth place of 14 teams.
On the day, Peers paced the ‘Runners with a two-round total of 147 strokes (+3). The junior is currently tied for sixth overall and just five strokes out of first place. Lee finished up second for CSUB and tied for 17th with a 36-hole score of 151 (+7). Mills is currently third for the ‘Runners at 153 (+9) while Stewart and Bullman are tied at 160 (+16).
After the first day of competition, Cal Poly is running away with the team lead as the Mustangs have built up an 18-stroke advantage over their next closest competitor. Cal Poly’s Sophie Bergland has a narrow lead in the individual race at 142 (-2).
The Roadrunners and the rest of the field will return to Golf Club of Estrella on Tuesday for a final 18 holes of golf. CSU Bakersfield and its opponents will tee off with another 7:45 a.m. (PT) shotgun start.