RECAP: @UTTylerWGolf leads after first round in Arizona

Saturday, March 18, 2017
by Wes Bloomquist ||

PEORIA, Arizona – UT Tyler sophomores Taylor Denton and Katelyn Hicken are tied for the individual lead and the Patriots are atop the team standings after the opening round of the George Fox Invitational on Saturday at the Westbrook Village Golf Club.

The Patriots are atop the six-team tournament after carding a 299-team total, while George Fox is in second with a 304 and Pomona-Pitzer and St. Thomas are tied for third with a 317. Redlands and Trinity shot a 318 and are 19 strokes back of the Patriots entering Sunday’s final round.

A sophomore from Burnet, Denton recorded four birdies and 11 pars during a 2-over round of 73 while Hicken made two birdies and 12 pars during her round. A transfer BYU Idaho, Hicken is a Plano native who would play a clean round on Saturday with only four bogeys and nothing of trouble beyond that. Amy Cox finds herself in contention after shooting a 76 which has her fifth overall, while Stephanie Tutt shot a 77 and Morgan Loth a 78.

Tutt is currently in eighth while Loth is at 14th entering Sunday’s final round. Loth is coming off a fourth-place finish at this week’s NCAA Division III Spring Preview in Houston and was named the conference’s player of the week. She made one birdie on Saturday in Arizona, while Shannon Grinnell is in 31st after shooting an 86 as an individual.

Denton and Hicken are tied with Sydney Maluenda (George Fox) who also shot a 73, while three other players matched Cox for fourth after the opening round with 76s.

UT Tyler has won five of six tournaments this season going into Sunday’s final round in Arizona. The Patriots will be paired with George Fox and St. Thomas on Sunday with tee-times starting at 1:15 p.m. (CST).