May 12, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

MESA, ARIZ. - The John A. Logan College women's golf team got off to a solid start Monday during the first round of play at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship held at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz. 

The Volunteers posted an 18-hole score of 356, positioning them 10th out of 15 teams. Rend Lake is eighth at 349.

Top player for Logan was sophomore Kirsten Faulkner of Metropolis with a season-best round of 78. She is currently tied for 16th out of 109 golfers, seven strokes off the leader, Tiffany Chan, of Daytona State (71).

Not too far back of Faulkner was freshman Adrian Brown of Carterville, who carded an 81, placing her in a tie for 23rd on the leader board.

Sophomore Chelsea Capel of Marion recorded an 88 and is tied for 49th. Freshman Payton Choate of Campbell Hill had a tough round, finishing at 109. She is tied for 95th.

"I'm very proud of the girls' effort today," said Vols head coach Bill Glenn. "Overall, it was a solid round. I liked our attitude. Everyone was supportive of one another. I like what I have seen so far."

Glenn said Faulkner brought her "A" game to the tournament.

"Kirsten pretty much shot even par on the back nine. If it weren't for a few hiccups early, she would be in contention for the lead," he said. 

"As for Payton, she didn't play as poorly as her score would indicate. Just a couple of really bad holes. I'm confident she can turn things around tomorrow."

Seminole State (Florida) leads the team standings at 303. 

The Vols are only three strokes back of ninth-place Iowa Western (353).â�� 

Rend Lake was led by Ali Christian's 81 and is tied for 23rd overall. Madison Burgett is tied for 49th with a round of 88. Kaylyn Fuhrhop is tied for 56th after finishing with an 89. Ashley Sexton is tied for 62nd following a round of 91. Katie Garver is tied for 85th with a round of 100.

Day 2 of the four-day event resumes Tuesday morning. 

 

 

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