Burgdorf posts first-round 77, Romero Valverde cards 78 for CU
Monday, March 5, 2018
Burgdorf posts first-round 77, Romero Valverde cards 78 for CU
Abbey Burgdorf carded an opening-round 77 on Monday at the Loyola Invitational in Slidell, La. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Senior Abbey Burgdorf posted a first-round five-over par 77 and sophomore Raquel Romero Valverde added a 78, leading Cumberland women’s golf on Monday at the Loyola Invitational at Oak Harbor Golf Club in Slidell, La., in the first round of the spring semester for the Phoenix.

Burgdorf stands tied for fifth overall after the first 18 holes, four shots in back of Kyra Plotner from the University of Mobile, who carded an opening-round 73 for a one-shot lead.

Romero Valverde is one shot in back of Burgdorf, tied for ninth, after shooting a first-round 78. Freshman Ana Laura Pages Preuss and senior Savanna Strode each recorded an opening-round 80, tied for 14th but just two shots from the Top 10.

Senior Morgan Stuckey, who missed the fall semester of competition with an injury, posted a first-round 84, tied for 19th, while junior Anna Leigh Cleveland collected a 90 on Monday.

William Carey leads the field with a 308 as a team in the first round, while Mobile, Cumberland and Loyola are all bunched together in second, third and fourth, respectively, with scores of 314, 315 and 316.

t5. Abbey Burgdorf – 77
t9. Raquel Romero Valverde – 78
t14. Ana Laura Pages Preuss – 80
t14. Savanna Strode – 80
t19. Morgan Stuckey – 84
t32. Anna Leigh Cleveland – 90*

1. William Carey – 308
2. University of Mobile – 314
3. Cumberland University – 315
4. Loyola University [LA] – 316
5. Point University – 328
6. Wallace State CC – 345