CHANDLER, Ariz. (April 22, 2018) - After the rough start, the Colorado State University-Pueblo women's golf team settled in on day one of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in Chandler, Arizona at the Ocotillo Golf Resort. The ThunderWolves finished their round 17-over to sit second.
The Pack were +14 at the turn, but collectively played the back nine three-over to finish with a 305 and sit in second. University of Colorado Colorado Springs set a RMAC Championships first round record with a 293 and sit just five-over through 18 holes. As a team, CSU-Pueblo had the second best score on the Par 5's at +5.
Senior Courtney Ewing (Pueblo West, Colo.) leads the ThunderWolves after shooting a one-over 73 to sit tied for third in the field. She is just two strokes back of the leader, who shot a one-under 71 Sunday. The junior had 11 pars, four bogeys and three birdies in her opening round. She played the Par 3's and Par 4's even, which was the second best score in the field in both categories.
Juniors Orakorn Thirayatorn (Meang Khonkaen, Thailand) and Jolene Kam (Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia) shot matching 76's (+4) to sit tied for 10th. Both players shot a four-over 40 on the front, then finished the back nine even. Both players also recorded two birdies on the round. Kam led the field of 59 players with a one-under performance on the Par 3's.
Rachanok Rahulpan (Jr., Pathumthani, Thailand) shot an 80, but birdied her final hole to take some momentum into round two Monday. Her struggles didn't come on Par 5's, as she played them one-under to tie for the second best score in the field. Playing in her first conference championship, freshman Kellsey Sample (Monument, Colo.) shot an 83 (+11).
The tournament will see 18 holes played over three days Sunday-Tuesday with the team and individual champion being crowned on stroke play. The winner of the RMAC Championship will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA regional. Monday's round for the ThunderWolves begins with the first tee time at 10:18 AM MDT.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.