The Bowling Green State University women's golf team made a strong statement to start the 2013-14 season after firing a 36-hole score of 595 (293-302), on day one of the Redbird Invitational to sit in second-place with 18 holes remaining.
Eighth year head coach Stephanie Young saw her lineup of Lily Bartell (69-71), Hannah Lewis (75-75), Patricia Holt (74-79), Shelby Wilson(75-79), and Mikayla Baer (79-79) all shoot in the 70's or better \ in each of their two rounds on Sunday (Sept. 8).
Playing at Weibring Golf Club, BGSU came out swinging early in the first round finishing with a team score of 293, which set a mark for the best 18-hole team score in Falcons history, beating the previous-best by one stroke (294).
Bartell, who is in her second year at BGSU, played a big part of the Falcons success on the first day. Bartell fired a career-low 69 in her first 18 holes of action, beating her previous career-low by two strokes (71). With firing a 3-under 69, Bartell tied the lowest 18-hole round in Falcons history.
In fact, Bartell fired a total score of 4-under 140 (69-71), tying the best individual score (36 holes) set by Susy Grunden in 2010-11.
Starting on the third hole (shotgun start), Bartell started the round making three consecutive pars before making a birdie on the par 5 sixth hole. Bartell went on to par five holes in-a-row before making birdie on the par-4 12th , putting her at 2-under through 10 holes. After making a bogey on the 14th, Bartell finished the first round by making birdie on two of her final three holes for a 3-under 69.
Bartell seemed to find her comfort zone on the back nine, firing a 2-under 34 on the second 18. For the day, Bartell shot a combined 3-under (35-34) on the back nine, playing a huge part of her day's success.
Lewis, who also is in her second year at BGSU, shot a career-best 36-hole mark of 150 (75-75). Lewis shot a career-low 75, twice, beating her previous-best of 76 set a year ago.
Starting on the fourth hole, Lewis found her swing on the back nine making birdie on the par-4 12th. Lewis went on to par four of the next five holes before making another birdie on the par 5 18th, before making two straight par's for a first round 3-over 75.
Carrying her momentum into the second round, Lewis pared the first seven holes before making a birdie on the par-3 11th. Lewis finished strong by making par on her final four holes, finishing her at 6-over on the day.
While Bartell and Lewis both set career marks on the first day in Normal, Ill., junior Patricia Holt quietly put together a strong showing for the Falcons as well.
Holt, who was the lone junior for the Orange and Brown, tied her career-low with a 2-over 74 in the first round.
Holt started on the fifth hole and made nine pars over her first 12 holes before making a birdie on the par-3 17th. Holt followed it with another birdie on the par-3 fourth. Overall, Holt made 12 pars, two birdies and four bogeys on the round. Holt fired a 5-over 77 in her second round, carding two birdies.
Bailey Arnold, who won the Redbird Invitational in 2011, played as an individual for the day. Arnold fired an 8-over 152 (78-74), and currently sits in 23rd place overall for the tournament.
Fellow Mid-American Conference member and arch-rival, Toledo, who is the defending their title from a year ago, leads the tournament by three shots with a 36-hole score of 592 (297-295). Three of the five MAC teams that are competing are sitting in third-place or better, while host Illinois State University sitting in fifth-place with a score of 26-over 602 (297-305).
The third and final round will begin on Monday morning (Sept. 9) with a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m.