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Courtesy: Cindy Trout

WMU Golf Sixth at Red Rocks

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 03/02/2013
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SEDONA, Ariz. - Western Michigan golf shook off the snow (literally) and carded the sixth best team round on opening day of the 2013 Red Rocks Invitational.

The Broncos (310) enter Sunday's final round in the 36-hole event seven strokes behind team leader Cal-State Northridge (303).  Toledo and Southern Utah are tied for second at 304, just one stroke back.  Weber State (305) and Grand Canyon (308) round out the top five.

The Broncos, Rockets, Eastern Michigan, Oakland and Northern Kentucky are the only five teams east of the Mississippi in this year's 21-team field.

"I'm very pleased with our opening round.  The weather was ideal for scoring and we came into this event prepared and with the attitude to compete for a team title," commented head coach Cindy Trout.

"Our winter training and positive attitudes combined for some good shot-making and some really good putting as well."

Leading the way for WMU were Kaylee Imel and Melissa Beurmann who both carded 5-over par rounds of 77, which is just six shots off the pace set by Kelsey Chugg of Weber State (71).  The duo is tied for 26th with Imel ranked in a tie for eighth in the field with three birdies and Beurmann tied for sixth in the field with 12 pars.

"Considering it was our first round of competition since the fall, I feel that I played okay.  I was very happy that after a rough opening nine holes I was able to settle in and play much better coming in.  I felt much more comfortable and will take that into tomorrow's round," commented Imel.

"I played decently.  Like every round there were a few shots I should have played differently but overall I feel I played well.  The speed of the greens presented the biggest challenge for me today but I will adjust and be ready for tomorrow," commented Beurmann.

Also coming in with matching scores for WMU were Heather Marks and Laura Moutrey.  Each carded rounds of 6-over par 78, which is just one stroke off Marks' career low for an opening round.

Rounding out the top five individually, all tied for second at even par, were Paige Crawford (Montana State), Clariss Guce (CSU-Northridge), Kate Hoops (Toledo) and Kelcey Tate (Grand Canyon).  Both Hoops and Tate are playing as individuals and do not count toward their respective team totals.

The final round is Sunday and will begin with a morning shot gun start.  After this, the Broncos pack up and head 121.5 miles south for the 11th Annual Rio Verde Invitational, an event the Broncos have hosted since 2003.

WMU Individual Scores

T-26th, Kaylee Imel - 77 (+5)
T-26th, Melissa Beurmann - 77 (+5)
T-33rd, Heather Marks - 78 (+6)
T-33rd, Laura Moutrey - 78 (+6)
T-70th, Kelsey Carney - 83 (+11)