A fantastic round of golf by junior Joliana Elias amid wet and challenging conditions helped App State finish day one of the Sun Belt Championship in a tie for fourth place on Sunday at The Raven Golf Club.
App State turned in a team round of 307, tied with UT Arlington for fourth place on the team leaderboard. Coastal Carolina (297), Georgia Southern (299) and Troy (300) top the standings after one round.
Elias, who was third at this tournament a year ago, fired a 1-over 72 to pace the way for the Mountaineers. She is tied for third on the leaderboard heading into Monday’s second round of play.
“Conditions were real tough today,” head coach Heather Brown said. “I’m proud of how the girls hung in there to get themselves in the hunt. Obviously, Jo led the way. Her 72 was solid for these conditions, and it was great to have that backed up by the others. We know there is a lot more golf left, so we will discuss a game plan tonight and show up ready to compete tomorrow.”
Elias was backed up by senior Annika Winebarger (75) and sophomore Melany Chong (76), who sit in a tie for 12th and 18th place, respectively. Junior Patricia Thompson and freshman Abby Bolt are also competing for App State in Sandestin.