OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- The Cumberland women competed in the morning group of the national championships finishing second place in their group with a total team score of 299. The afternoon group was in the middle of their first-round before it was suspended due to lack of sunlight. The afternoon group will complete their first-round tomorrow morning before the start of round two.
Cumberland fought through over three hours of rain delays today to shoot a season-low score of 299 strokes. "It has already been a long week and the week just started. We arrived to the course today at 7:00 a.m. and due to all of the rain delays we did not play until 11:30 a.m." head coach Rich Williams stated. "The girls have been nothing short of amazing, they have been truly amazing and I know we are capable of doing even better."
Cumberland Sophomore Emma Hermansson led the way for the Phoenix and is in a tie for third place. She shot one-under-par on the front nine with two birdies and an even-par on the back nine for a total of 71 strokes. When asked about Hermansson's performance coach Williams said, "Emma went toe-to-toe with the best player in the NAIA today for 18 holes."
Nathalie Nutu finished three strokes back from Hermansson in a tie for 39th place. The Gothenburg, Sweden, native shot 37 on both the front and back nine for a total score of 74.
Ida Furuheim fired off a career-low 76 to put herself in a tie for 73rd place. "I think Ida gained a lot of experience playing in last year's national tournament that helped her performance today."
Jasmine Sachdev finished tied for 92nd with a score of 78. The freshman posted a score of 42 on the front nine and a 36 on the back nine.
Rounding out the Phoenix was Anna Krieger, who currently sits in a tie for 130th. The Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year finished the round with a score of 82.
After tomorrow's round, the tournament field gets cut to the Top-17 teams. The Top-40 individuals also continue to play in the third round. "You can not win the tournament on the first day of the tournament but you can definitely lose it. We put ourselves in a good position to make the cut if we have a good round two tomorrow."
The groups who did not complete round one today will tee off tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. and play continuously into the second round. Cumberland is set to tee off in a shotgun start in the afternoon group for their second round tomorrow.
T3. Emma Hermansson - 71 - (-1)
T39. Nathalie Nutu - 74 - (+2)
T73. Ida Furuheim - 76 - (+4)
T92. Jasmine Sachdev - 78 - (+6)
T130. Anna Krieger - 82 - (+10)
1. British Columbia (-1)
T2. Oklahoma City Univ. (+2)
T2. SCAD - Savannah (+2)
T2. Menlo (+2)
5. William Carey (+3)
6. Keiser University (+4)
7. Dalton State (+5)
8. Ottawa University (+8)
T9. Milligan University (+9)
T9. Texas Wesleyan (+9)
T9. SCAD - Atlanta (+9)
T9. Loyola University (+9)
T13. Lindsey Wilson Coll. (+10)
T13. Truett McConnell 298 (+10)
15. Cumberland University 299 (+11)
16. Southeastern University (+13)
17. Embry Riddle (+14)
18. Indiana Wesleyan 303 (+15)
T19. Olivet Nazarene 310 (+22)
T19. Southern Carolina Beaufort 310 (+22)
T19. Midway University 310 (+22)
22. Northwestern Ohio 314 (+26)
23. Taylor University 315 (+27)
24. Columbia College 317 (+29)
25. Victoria B.C 318 (+30)
26. William Penn Univ. 319 (+31)
27. Kansas Wesleyan 322 (+34)
28. Indiana University East 323 (+35)
29. Rocky Mountain College 331 (+43)
30. Morningside University 343 (+55)