Bishop ties career low in first round of Johnie Imes Invite

Women's golf tied for fourth

September 29, 2008 · MT Athletic Communications
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Middle Tennessee women's golf team got off to a strong start at the Johnie Imes Invitational, hosted by Missouri, and is tied for fourth after the first round at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.

Middle Tennessee shot a 15-over 303 and is tied with UALR in fourth, three shots off the pace of co-leaders Mississippi and Missouri. They shot 12-over in the first round and Iowa was third after 18 holes with a 13-over 301. The Blue Raiders closed the first round just in front of Kansas, Mississippi State and SBC contender Florida International.

"It's a tough course and it's playing pretty difficult but I'm proud of how the girls have battled through the opening round and put themselves in position to contend against a tough field," Middle Tennessee head coach Chris Adams said.

Senior Mallory Bishop tied her career low with a 1-under 71 to lead Middle Tennessee's first round scoring. The savory start has her tied for third overall in the 54-hole event. She managed the course with three birdies and had just the two bogeys.

Freshman Steph Gough continues to play well early in the season and is tied for 19th with a 4-over 76, followed by Leigh Wilkins and Clara Leathers tied for 31st at 6-over 78. Karisa Akin was 10-over in the first round.

The second round of the Johnie Imes Invitational was being played Monday afternoon and early evening and the event concludes with the final round Tuesday.

Johnie Imes Invitational
The Club at Old Hawthorne, Par-72
First Round Team Scores

T1 Mississippi 300 +12
T1 Missouri 300 +12
3 Iowa 301 +13
T4 Middle Tennessee 303 +15
T4 UALR 303 +15
T6 Kansas 306 +18
T6 Mississippi State 306 +18
8 Florida International 308 +20
9 Princeton 310 +22
10 Texas State 313 +25
11 Missouri 316 +28
12 Missouri State 318 +30
13 UMKC 319 +31
T14 Redlands College 322 +34
T14 Bradley Univ. 322 +34
16 Southern Illinois 326 +38
17 Drury 337 +49
18 Memphis 338 +50

T4 MT Scores 303
Mallory Bishop 37-34 71 -1
Steph Gough 40-36 76 +4
Leigh Wilkins 36-42 78 +6
Clara Leathers 38-40 78 +6
Karisa Akin 38-44 82 +10

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