Mustangs struggle in opening round of MSU Invitational

Sierra Campbell's tee shot off hole 3 during the 1st round of the MSU Invitational. / Source: KAUZ
Sierra Campbell's tee shot off hole 3 during the 1st round of the MSU Invitational. / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State didn't have the day it was hoping for in the opening round of the MSU Invitational Monday afternoon at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
 
Playing on their home course and the home of the 2017 NCAA Division II West/South Central Region, the Mustangs fired the highest round in program history logging a 55-over 343 on the par-72, 5,926-yard course.
 
Midwestern has a lot of ground to make up against a highly competitive field which features nationally ranked programs at each of the top seven positions on the team leaderboard and nine of the first 10.
 
Dallas Baptist (3rd in GolfStat relative rankings) and St. Mary's (Texas) (12th) lead the way totaling 22-over 310s in the first round with Tarleton State (4th) looming six strokes behind followed by No. 33 West Texas A&M (327/+34), No. 47 Oklahoma Christian (327/+39), No. 35 Regis (328/+40) and No. 17 Academy of Art (328/+40).
 
The course played longer as the teams faced slowing rising temperatures from the mid-40s to the upper 50s with a stiff northerly wind gusting between 25-35 miles per hour.
 
Junior Sarah Moore carded two of MSU's three birdies for the day while tying with freshman Lexi Read for team best honors with a 12-over 84 to tie for 46th.
 
Senior Hayley Dambold notched the other birdie to tie for 67th with a 15-over 87, while freshman Cheleen Cousins recorded the Mustangs' final team countable score with an 16-over 88.
 
Senior Sierra Campbell saw her run of 14 consecutive team countable rounds snapped with an 18-over 90. It was her first non-countable round of the season and just the third since the start of her sophomore campaign.
 
Sophomore May Chimsuti (89/75th-tie) and senior Madison Smith (90/81st-tie) competed as individual medalists only.
 
Tarleton State's Lydia Traylor tops the individual leader board with an opening round 74 (+2) holding a stroke advantage over Rogers State's Mica Eastin and Addison Mitchell of Dallas Baptist.
 
Midwestern State begins the second round with a 10:45 a.m. tee time starting the first hole.

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