LACEY, Wash. - On a gorgeous Pacific Northwest afternoon, the defending Northwest Conference champion Puget Sound Loggers opened up the 2009-10 season on Monday at the St. Martin's Invitational at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey, Wash.
Facing off against three scholarship programs, the Loggers were a bit nervous as they hit the court. Senior Maresa Jenson (Whitefish, Mont.) and sophomore Natalie Nakamine (Honolulu, Hawaii/Roosevelt) lead the way for the Loggers, which each firing a 15-over 87 to open the season.
Junior Sarah Bicker (Salt Lake City, Utah/Skyline) and senior Megan Starr (Wayzata, Minn.) finished three strokes back of that, carding an 18-over 90 in their first round of 2009-10. Sophomore Emily Leong (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) had a rough start on the first hole, finishing with a 106 while golfing as an individual.
Lauren Roberts of host Saint Martin's sits atop the individual leaderboard with a one-under 71 while the Saints hold a one-stroke advantage over Concordia (Ore.) with a 316. University of Victoria is third at 325 while the Loggers are in fourth place after round one with a 354.
The tournament concludes on Tuesday with the first group set to tee off at 11:00 a.m.