JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nabila Inak sits in fourth place, one shot off the pace, after the first round of the Bulldog Invitational, a Division I tournament hosted by Butler University.
Inak fired a four-over 76 through the first 18 holes, one stroke behind two golfers from Stetson and another from High Point in a three-way tie for the lead. The consistent sophomore shot a 38 on both the front and back nines. Her round included several memorable shots, including a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole after nearly missing a long eagle putt.
Inak will enter the final 18 holes Thursday seeking her fourth career top-five finish and squarely in contention for her first collegiate win.
The Wolves’ leader led a Newberry charge in a field comprised of nine teams, eight of which compete in Division I.
Newberry held its own against its larger counterparts, shooting a 43-over 331 for the day to finish the round in seventh place but sits just three shots behind fifth-place Lipscomb. The feat is especially impressive considering the Wolves, who traveled with just four players due to injury, played their fourth round of golf in three days after playing in the Armstrong Pirate Women’s Golf Invitational Monday and Tuesday.
Annabelle Dallery sits in a seven-way tie for 21st position with a first-round 83 and saw several of her putts lip out on the day. Taylor Lance and Johana Lunackova rebounded from a handful of difficult holes to shoot an identical 86, landing in a tie for 36th.
Play resumes Thursday morning with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.