LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Sophomore Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) shot a career-best 87 (45-42) to lead the Quinnipiac women's golf team on the first day of the Mounmouth Hawk Invitational at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, N.J. Quinnipiac is currently tied for 5th place out of nine teams competing.
"The team has been working hard to incorporate a lot of what they've learned into tournament play, and today's first round shows that," head coach John O'Connor said. "Jennifer Forlenza had a career day, and we've never had four players shoot in the 80's. I'm so impressed with how they played. This is a huge day for our program."
The Bobcats as a team shot a combined 353 through the 18-hole Eagle Ridge course, putting them in a tie for 5th place with Hartford in the nine-team field. LIU Brooklyn led the pack with a combined 317, followed by Hofstra (321) and Fairleigh Dickinson (322) just ahead of host Monmouth (323). The Bobcats' and Hawks slotted into the fifth spot, followed by Wagner (358), St. Francis (N.Y.) (373) and Holy Cross (394).
Forlenza's previous career-best came at last season's Northeast Conference Championship when she carded an 89. Forlenza sits in a tie for 18th place out of 47 golfers. Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrews, Manitoba) shot an 88 (41-47) for a tie of 25th place, while freshmen Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) and Nicole Ferretti (Rumson, N.J.) were tied for 27th place with matching 89's. Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) was tied for 35th with a 93.
"This program should continue to improve and move up the rankings with every tournament we enter," O'Connor noted. "These athletes are focusing on new shots every day and todays scores indicate we're going in the right direction."
Quinnipiac will tee-off on Sunday, April 1 in the final day of the two-day Monmouth Hawk Invitational.