Women's Golf Third after First Round of Penmen Fall Invitational

Kase is tied for fifth overall after the first round after her opening round 79 (PHOTO BY Robert Simmons)

Skyhawks just four shots off lead, with two freshmen in top ten individually

NEW LONDON, N.H. (September 30, 2019) -  The Stonehill College women's golf team sits in third place in the team standings, just four shots off the pace, after the first round of the Penmen Fall Invitational, hosted by Southern New Hampshire University, on the 5,912-yard, par-72 layout at Lake Sunapee Country Club today.

Stonehill, which posted a program-best third place finish at its first tournament of the season in New York three weeks ago, sits third again in the seven team field after today's first round, trailing co-leaders Franklin Pierce University (318) and Southern New Hampshire University (318) by just four strokes heading into the final round on Tuesday. Stonehill's 322 team score is the lowest in the program's two-year history of team scores, improving on its previous low team round of 326 in the first round of the 2018 Penmen Columbus Day Invitational at Derryfield Country Club. The Skyhawks sit 15 shots ahead of fourth-place Assumption College (337). Franklin Pierce's Jinnapat Rittawee holds the individual lead after a four-over-par opening round of 76, a stroke ahead of Gabby Thomas from Southern New Hampshire (77).

Jaye is tied for eighth after a season-low round of 80 on Monday (PHOTO BY Robert Simmons)

Stonehill is led by a pair of freshmen in the top ten after the first round. Emily Kase carded an opening round 79 and is tied for fifth overall with her season-low round. She enters tomorrow's second round three shots off the lead after recording nine pars and a birdie on the par-5 third hole, good for sixth in the field for pars. Classmate Abby Jaye is tied for eighth overall after her opening round 80. Her season-best round was highlighted by nine pars and a birdie on the par-4 12th hole and she is one of just three in the field to play the three par-3s at the course at even par.

Sophomore Sloane Van Zanen posted a tournament-high 12 pars on her way to an opening round 81 (T12), while classmate Alexis Annarummo added an 82 (14th) with eight pars and a birdie on the par-4 12th hole to round out the Skyhawks scoring rounds on the day.

Freshman Julia Dapron posted an opening-round 83 (T15) for Stonehill, recording two birdies and six pars. Junior Katelyn Jylkka added a season-low round of 85 (T20), joining Dapron with two birdies today. Sophomore Emma Beaulieu and senior Jennifer Kornacki rounded out the Skyhawks on Monday with rounds of 91 (T32) and 98 (38th), respectively.

The Penmen Fall Invitational concludes with second round action at Lake Sunapee Country Club tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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