Women's Golf Is 9th Out Of 11 After First Round Of Northeast Conference Championship

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Quinnipiac women's golf team finished 9th among 11 conference teams after the first day of the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"We had a great day today," head coach John O'Connor said. "We had a couple of tough shots that caused problems for us, but there's really no excuse – the weather was great, the course was great."

Kayla Ketcheson (St. Andrews, Manitoba) was the Bobcats' highest finisher on the first day, tied for 24th with an 82 (+10). The Bobcats' top finisher at all but one event this year shot a 42 on the front nine, which featured a pair of birdies, before posting a 40 on the back nine. Ketcheson's 82 was her second best tournament start of the season, following her 81 on the first day of the Hartford Invitational on March 16. Freshman Hannah Russell (Monson, Mass.) tied for 34th  and just three shots back of Katcheson with an 85 (+13), which matched her best career round. Russell shot an 85 on the second day of the ECAC Championship on Oct. 3.

2012 Northeast Conference Championship, First Round
Quinnipiac Women's Golf Individual Results 

Place         Name      Round 1          Front 9 - Back 9        Final
T24 Kayla Ketcheson     82 42-40 82 (+10)
T34 Hannah Russell 85 43-42 85 (+13)
T40 Jennifer Forlenza        88 44-44 88 (+16)
T43 Amanda Nagel 89 43-46 90 (+17)
49 Nicole Ferretti 95 44-51 95 (+23)

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"We expect to improve on what we did today, leading Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis," O'Connor said. "That's huge for us, people are starting to take notice, and I think we're in the hunt to finish higher in the middle of the pack. All in all, we had good rounds from everybody."

Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) tied for 40th with an 88, her second best one-round score of the year. Forlenza tallied an 87 on the first day of the Monmouth Hawk Invitational earlier in the year. Senior Amanda Nagel (Greenwood, Minn.) shot an 89 for a tie of 43rd place, while Nicole Ferretti (Red Bank, N.J.) shot a 95 to finish in 49th place.

Fairleigh Dickinson led after the first day with a combined 305 (+17), followed by Long Island in second place at 308 (+20). Sacred Heart was third (310, +22), followed by Monmouth (315, +27) and Saint Francis (Pa.) at 324 (+27) to round-out the top five. Wagner was sixth (325, +28), followed by Central Connecticut (327,+39) and Robert Morris (328, +40) ahead of Quinnipiac at 344 (+55). Mount St. Mary's (349, +61) and St. Francis (N.Y.) filled out the remainder of the field at 395 (+107).

Quinnipiac returns to action on Saturday, April 28 from LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.