May 20 2014 ISN – VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds sit in a tie for seventh place after the first day of competition at the 20th annual NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship, a 72-hole stroke play tournament being contested at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.


The Thunderbirds recorded a round of 26-over par 314 and sit 12 strokes behind defending national champion Oklahoma City University.

The lack of wind during the morning aided the golfers who teed off early, a welcome difference from yesterday’s blustery practice rounds. UBC head coach Chris MacDonald said his team was unable to take advantage of the calm weather.

Junior Stephanie Wong stepped up for the team shooting a 1-over par 73, the third-best score on the day. Wong led the tournament momentarily as she sat at minus-2 after nine holes but she said she got nervous and lost energy. The Richmond, B.C. native is tied for sixth in the individual standings. She birdied the par-4, 316-yard eighth hole, which was her second last on Tuesday. Wong also recorded birdies on No. 4, No. 16 and No. 18.

Rookies Winnie Hyun and Kat Kennedy both shot 79 to sit in a tie for 35th place at 7-over. Valentina Trillo Castro is in 66th after finishing the first round in 83 strokes (11-over), while Casara Hong is tied for 101st with a score of 14-over 86.

UBC’s second round will get underway at 11 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday when Kennedy tees off from hole No. 1. Ten minutes later, Hyun will commence her round, to be followed by Wong (11:20 a.m.), Hong (11:30 a.m.) and Trillo Castro (11:40 a.m.).