SAN DIEGO, Calif. – After about a four-month break from competition, California Baptist University linked back up on the first day of the Super San Diego Championship Monday.
CBU got eight players back into action and had its top-four individuals pack together well, as they all shot within two strokes of each other. The foursome also placed in the top eight on the leaderboard.
“The positive of the day is we’re just showing how much depth we have,” head coach John Hackney said. “We’re ranked highly in the nation and this is a tournament we should win. We’re only nine shots out of first place and we know with a good round tomorrow, we can stay unbeaten against NCAA Division II competition.”
Currently, the Lancers sit in third place in the standings with a 29-over-par team score of 317. Three CBU players competed individually in the event, meaning their scores did not count toward the team tally. The Lancers will attempt to rally past host Point Loma (308) and Lee University (315) to secure the championship Tuesday.
Marvi Monsalve led CBU’s grouping with a three-over-par 75 that put her in a three-way tie for first place individually in the tournament.
“Marvi is tied for the lead because her short game really saved her today,” Hackney said. “She only had about 20 putts on 18 holes. Her chipping and putting were outstanding.”
Behind Monsalve, three other Lancers finished in the top eight. Natalie Park and Nathalie Silva were both one shot off Monsalve for CBU, as the pair tied with two others for fourth place on the individual leaderboard, each carding a four-over 76.
Nicollete Gino was just one stroke off her CBU teammates, with a 77 that was good for a three-way tie for eighth, while Kristen Keyser shot an 81 for the Lancers. Park, Gino and Keyser are the three Lancers competing individually, leaving their top-four scorers further down the leaderboard.
Tina Yang and Cailey Gino rounded out California Baptist University’s scorers, with an 82 and 84, respectively.