February 25, 2011

Women's golf tied for 13th at Red Rocks Invite

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Day one

SEDONA, Ariz. -- Northern Colorado junior Chelsea Silvers (Martinsville, Ind.) shot a 9-over-par 81 Friday to lead the Bears on the first day of the Red Rocks Invitational at Oak Creek Country Club.

Silvers, who finished 17th at the Big Sky Championships last spring, paced a contingent of five Northern Colorado golfers in the event hosted by Northern Arizona. She came in tied for 27th in the field of 102 competitors.

Northern Colorado finished with a combined team score of 335 to tie for 13th with South Carolina-Upstate.

Chelsea's sister, Carleigh, a sophomore, carded an 84 (+12) in the first round Friday and came in tied for 48th. Junior Ali Nelson (Moorhead, Minn.), the 2009 Big Sky individual champion, also shot an 84.

Sophomore Hannah McNeley (Twin Falls, Idaho) shot an 86 (+14) to finish tied for 14th, and senior Emily Dougherty (Portola Valley, Calif.) came in with an 87.

The host Lumberjacks lead in the team standings (304), while Western Michigan is nine strokes back (314). Montana is in third at 315, followed by Nevada (319) and Grand Canyon (321).

Saturday's final round, moved up from its original Sunday morning start, was re-scheduled for a 1 p.m. (MT) shotgun start. Because of a storm system scheduled to hit the area at 6 p.m. local time, though, Saturday's start has been moved up to 9 a.m. (MT).