STOCKTON, CA (KAUZ) - Midwestern State junior Sierra Campbell displayed great consistency carding 15 pars in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Super Region Four championships played at the par-72, 5,931-yard course at the Brookside Country Club.
It was the pesky par-4 which proved difficult as the Rio Rancho, N.M. native produced three bogeyes to stand tied for 23rd with a first-round 75.
Campbell begins the second round of the 54-hole championship with a 12:10 p.m. (Central Time) tee time. The tournament concludes Wednesday.
The top three teams and top three student-athletes not with a team from each regional advance to the finals from May 18-21 at the Commonground Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
Campbell proved solid notching the third most pars amongst the 66-player field and is just three strokes out of sixth place as five golfers fired sub-par rounds on Monday.
Tarleton State Isabell Jimenez-Perea, Dallas Baptist's Ann Parmerter and St. Edward's Ana Sofia Benavides top the leader board notching 3-under 69s while Point Loma's Michelle Picca and Sonoma State's Sarah Rotter produced 1-under 71s.
The 75 matches Campbell's best NCAA postseason round as she also carded a 3-over par score in the opening round last year at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Calif. on the way to a 26th-place finish.
Tarleton State tops the tightly packed team leader board with a 6-over total of 294. The TexAnns are trailed by Western Washington (295/+7), Sonoma State (297/+9), Dallas Baptist (298/+10), West Texas A&M (298/+10) and St. Mary's (299/+11) who all within five strokes.
Fourteen different golfers found a way to record a par-or-better score in the opening round of the NCAA Division II West/South Central Super Regional Championship Monday at the par-71, 7,242-yard New Mexico State University Course.
But Midwestern State just couldn't find its rhythm falling into the 20th and last rung on the team leader board with a 27-over team total of 311.
"It was very disappointing today," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "Colton Dorion had a solid day, but other than Dory (him), we were bad. Expectations were high since we had been playing well the last several tournaments."
Dorion, a junior from Surrey, British Columbia, battled his way to a 2-over showing on the back nine and appeared to catch his stride marking birdies on the second and fourth holes on the front side to pull back to even-par.
But Dorion took on four strokes of bogey to close the day with a team-best 4-over total of 75 to tie for 52nd heading into Tuesday's second round.
The Mustangs will need to scramble for any advancement to the NCAA Division II Championships. The top five teams and two individuals not on those squads move on to Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver as part of the NCAA Spring Sports Festival from May 17-21.
Junior Jared Baker marked a team-best 12 pars including on each of his last seven holes to tie for 65th with a 5-over 66, while junior Thomas Smith counteracted a pair of birdies with eight bogeys to tie for 74th with a 6-over 77.
Freshman Chance Craig (83/+12) and senior Ian Gallagher (84/+13) each carded two bogies but suffered through difficult rounds.
"We had a difficult time hitting fairways and struggled on the greens. Missing short putts really takes the momentum away from a player," Ray said. "Not walking away with par when you are in a decent position around the green at this level loses strokes to the field."
Oklahoma Christian tops the team leader board with an opening round, 2-over total of 286 to hold a one-stroke lead over BYU-Hawaii.
Nine other teams remain within 10 strokes of the lead including St. Mary's (290/+6), St. Edward's (291/+7), Chico State (292/+8), Dallas Baptist (292/+8), Colorado-Colorado Springs (293/+9), California State-East Bay (294/+10), California State-Monterey Bay (296/+12), Regis (296/+12) and Dominican (296/+12).
Dallas Baptist's Josh Aguilar holds the individual lead with a 3-under 68 through the first 18 holes and holds a one-stroke advantage over BYU-Hawaii's Inoka Kahawaii and Stanislaus State's Jordan Koelewyn.
"Our region is very competitive so when you struggle with any area of your game it is magnified," Ray said. "Tomorrow is a new day. We will work hard to at least be respectable."
Midwestern State begins the second round with an 8:30 a.m. tee time Tuesday morning.