Witucki leads MC in TWU Fall Classic, as Doherty records first collegiate birdie

Witucki leads MC in TWU Fall Classic, as Doherty records first collegiate birdie

Maryville College took to the 5,817-yard Springbrook Golf and Country Club course on Monday morning, as they fought off the drizzling remnants of Hurricane Florence to post a score of 373.

The women's golf squad placed eighth in the opening round of the Tennessee Wesleyan University Fall Invitational, as the Scots are the only Division III team in the field of NAIA and Division II schools.

"The conditions on the course did provide some difficulty out of the rough," MC Head Women's Golf Coach Jason Henderson said. "The team has the potential to really compete. We just need to find a way to improve on the mental side of the game and play the way we practice. The team is strong, and it is early in the season. I'm very confident that we will find our stride."

MC's Hannah Doherty – a Maryville, Tenn. native – carded her first collegiate birdie on Monday afternoon, while Grace Wischmeyer scored her second on the course.

The Scots also saw Elaina Davis tally a birdie on the day. That birdie moves Davis – a senior – into a tie for the fifth-most birdies in Maryville College women's golf history. Davis tied Megan Lee's 11 career birdies from 2009-2012.

Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, Tennessee Wesleyan University and Brenau University are all knotted for the lead after day one. The trio of schools posted a 40-over 328 on the Par 72 course.

MC's Katelyn Witucki led the way for the Scots, as the sophomore posted an 88 on the opening day in Niota, Tenn. Witucki ranked tied for 26th after day one.

Freshman Wischmeyer tied for 40th, just five strokes behind Witucki. Wischmeyer posted a score of 93.

Bailee Powell ranked 43rd with a 95, while Doherty scored a 97. Doherty's score was good enough for a 44th-place ranking, while Davis placed 45th with a 99.

Bryan College's Taylor Williams and SCAD-Atlanta's Micaa' Thomas are tied for the individual lead after day one of competition, as the duo tallied matching six-over 78s. Annika Blanton of Brenau University holds third with a seven-over 79 heading into the second day of competition.

Maryville College will look to day two of the Tennessee Wesleyan University Fall Invitational tomorrow.