KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Lindsay Dodovich carded an outstanding 3-over-par 75 Sunday in round one of the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Classic, and the Bucknell women's golf team made its spring debut with 324 team score. Playing in a star-studded, 43-team field, making it the largest college tournament in the country, the Bison sit in a tie for 34th place with 36 holes still to play on Monday and Tuesday.
Bucknell opened the tournament on the Oak Point course at Kiawah, and Dodovich was the team's star of the day. The junior made birdies on holes 4, 13 and 17. She had nine pars and nothing else worse than bogey en route to the 75.
Freshman Anna Dailey went out in 43, but shot a terrific 1-over 37 on the back nine to salvage an 80. Dailey parred eight of the nine holes on the inward nine, with her only blemish a bogey on the par-3 11th.
Bucknell tied two other teams, including Patriot League rival Boston University, with the 324. Presbyterian, a former Bison conference mate from their Big South days, also shot 324. The Bison finished ahead of UNC Asheville (325), Omaha (325), Longwood (325), Loyola (331), Lipscomb (41), Hofstra (346) and Hampton (347).
Jacksonville has the team lead after opening with a 2-under 286. College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina are two shots back at 289, followed by Southern Miss at 290. Defending Patriot League champion Richmond shot 294 and is in a three-way tie for fifth place.
Louise Persson of Jacksonville and Saskia Sterud of St. John's share the individual lead after carding 4-under 68s. Fifteen players in the field broke par on Sunday, and another eight sit an even-par.
The teams will swap courses on Monday, with Bucknell moving over to the Osprey Point GC, In Tuesday's final round, the top 22 teams will return to Osprey Point for the championship flight, while teams 23-43 will finish up at Oak Point.