Strong start: Harding Women's Golf sixth after round 1 at Drury

From Harding University

Harding women's golf played its first round of the fall season Monday at the Drury Fall Shootout. The Lady Bisons are in sixth place of 19 teams after shooting 324 in the first of two rounds at the Silo Ridge Country Club. The second round will be played Tuesday.

The Drury Shootout is the first tournament for Harding head coach Christy Morgan, who took over after Dr. Nicky Boyd's retirement. The Lady Bisons are the defending Great American Conference champions.

Senior So-Yun Kim led the four-player Harding contingent. She is tied for 19th with an 8-over 80. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Kim played the par 3s at 1-over, tied for 10th-best among the 107 golfers in the tournament. Kim played the par 5s at even par and had two of Harding's four birdies in the round.

Lady Bison sophomores Brittany Marquez and Emily Plyler both shot 9-over 81. Marquez had Harding's other two birdies and tied for a team-best 4-over on par 4s. Plyler had a team-leading 10 pars. Marquez and Plyler are tied for 27th.

Senior Becca Godman is just behind the other Lady Bisons. She is tied for 33rd after shooting 10-over 82. Godman was also solid on the par 4s, playing them at 4-over.

Southwestern Oklahoma State leads the tournament after shooting 302. SWOSU has a 10-stroke lead over hosts Drury. Ana Gomez of Southwestern Oklahoma shot an even-par 72 and leads the tournament by one stroke over Drury's Jessica Dillard.