RACINE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Six-time champion Aurora University sits in first place following Friday's first round of the 2018 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Women's Golf Championship at Meadowbrook Country Club.
The Spartans posted a Championship-record 334 total and lead the field by 53 strokes. Lakeland University (387) is second, just one stroke up on third-place Benedictine University (388). Concordia University Wisconsin (400), Wisconsin Lutheran College (433), Alverno College (468) and Marian University (470) round out the team standings.
Aurora's round bettered the previous championship single-round mark of 342 posted by Concordia Wisconsin in the second round of the 2012 Championship.
The Spartans built their record-setting round behind matching 7-over 80s from Kallie Sakamoto and Becca Haseman. Sakamoto, who also fired an 80 during the NACC Preview event held at Meadowbrook on Sept. 9, birdied the par-4 No. 5 hole en route to 40s on both the front and back nines. Haseman posted a 42 on the front nine, but came home in 38 buoyed by a birdie-par-birdie finish. Teammate Hannah Schulz is third after firing an opening-round 84, while Sarah Isaacs (sixth, 90) and Maddie Erickson (ninth, 94) also hold spots in the top 10 for Aurora. Benedictine's Kelly Barker (87) sits fourth, while Lakeland's Ali Wilson (88) and Colleen Nolan (92) sit fifth and seventh, respectively. Edgewood's Lauren Besler (eighth, 93) and CUW's Amy Carpenter (96) round out the top 10.
Saturday's second round will begin at 10:30 a.m. Teams will be separated into flights based on their opening round score. The top four teams will constitute the first flight, while the remaining teams plus individuals representing Edgewood College will make up the second flight. Teams again will be flighted with the top players representing each school going off first, followed by the No. 2 player, the No. 3s, etc.
Sunday's champion will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship, which will be held May 14-17, 2019 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.