STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Bucknell women's golf team posted team scores of 310 and 320 on a busy opening Saturday at the 40th annual Nittany Lion Invitational at the Penn State Blue Course. Lindsay Dodovich and Katie Childers are the low Bison at 156 through 36 holes. Bucknell is in ninth place in a strong field with 18 holes remaining.
The Bison got out to a good start, with their 310 first-round score putting them in sixth place, ahead of Yale (313), William & Mary (314), and Oklahoma City (317). Bucknell counted four scores in the 70s, led by a 4-over-par 76 from Dodovich, who made 12 pars and a birdie in her morning round.
Childers followed with a 77, freshman Anna Dailey shot 78 and Eunbbie Kim 79 to account for the 310 total. No. 1 player Emily Larson was close behind with an 80. All told, Bucknell's five players combined for 51 pars, six birdies and only three double-bogeys in the first round.
Childers led the Bison with a 79 in round two. Dodovich posted an eventful 80, with a team-high four birdies offset by a triple-bogey and a double-bogey on the back nine. Larson also carded her second straight 80, followed by Dailey with an 81 and Kim with an 85.
Host Penn State is in the driver's seat toward winning its home event for the 21st time. The Nittany Lions shot 287-303 for a 590 total. Richmond, a member of the Patriot League in the sport of women's golf and the reigning league champs, sits in second place at 604. Third-place Columbia is third at 607 after posting the best second-round in the field at 302.
The only player in the field currently in red numbers is Penn State's Jackie Rogowicz at 2-under-par 142. She opened with a 4-under 68, followed by a 74. Isabella Rusher of Richmond is second at even par (70-74). Bucknell's Dodovich and Childers are T-27th heading into Sunday's final round.