Moore leads Mustangs in opening day at Patriot Golf Classic

DALLAS, TX (KAUZ) - Junior Sarah Moore notched her second collegiate par-or-better score in the opening round to help Midwestern State to stand tied for sixth in a loaded field Monday in the Dallas Baptist Patriot Golf Classic at The Golf Club of Dallas.
The Burkburnett native showed consistency with three birdies, 14 pars and just one stroke of bogey in the first round. Moore added another solid 75 in the second round of the 54-hole tournament to stand tied for fourth with a 1-over total of 145.
Her 2-under 70 in the first round matched a career-best score dating back to the opening round of the 2014 Lone Star Conference Championship at the end of her freshman year.
"Sarah had a great day. She was great off the tee to give herself a lot of quality looks," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "Her 70 in the early round was great considering the moisture that was on the ground. Her short game was on today."
The top of the individual leader board sizzled led by Dallas Baptist's Ann Parmerter, who blitzed the course with seven birdies for a clean 65 in the second round after firing a 3-under 69 in the opening round.
She stands seven strokes ahead of second place Casey Wild of Tarleton State (69-73 142/-2), while Newman's Imkeleen Meyer carded back-to-back even par 72s to land in third.
MSU freshman Cheleen Cousins was 6-over after her first holes of golf then was even par over the final 32 holes including a stellar 1-under 71. It was the first par-or-better round as a collegian for the Frisco Liberty High product who is tied for 16th heading into the final round.
"Cheleen showed what kind of player she is going to be," Ray said. "At one time she was 3 under."
Senior Sierra Campbell battled through an opening round 77 to fire a 2-over 74 to tie for 20th with a 7-over 151, while sophomore May Chimsuti carded scores of 83 and 77 to tie for 53rd with a 16-over total of 160.
Senior Hayley Dambold improved from an 86 in the first round to a 5-over 77 in the second round to tie for 62nd with a 19-over total of 163, while freshman Alexis Read fired a pair of 81s to tie for 60th with a 18-over total of 162 competing as an individual medalist only.
MSU is within nine strokes of third place trailing tournament leading Dallas Baptist (577/+1), Tarleton State (592/+16), St. Mary's (597/+21), California Baptist (600/+24) and Arkansas Tech (601/+25).
"We got off to a bad start the first round. After the six or seventh hole we settled in and played better golf," Ray said. "This is the best field we have been in. Tomorrow is a big day."
The final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

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