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Walker Leads Women's Golf on 1st day of NCAA Regional

UAlbany Sports Information   05-06-2019

Golf update: 16th of 18 teams through Round 1

Location: Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala.

Top scorer: Madison Walker — 76 (+4)

Team score: 311 (+23)

Recap

Freshman Madison Walker shot a first-round 76 to lead the University at Albany women’s golf team on the first day of play in the NCAA Auburn Regional in Opelika, Ala., on Monday, May 6.

As a team, the No. 17-seeded Great Danes shot 309 (+21) to stand 16th headed into the second of three rounds at Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala. UAlbany is just two shots back of Clemson, which is 14th.

Four of UAlbany’s five starters were under 80 in the first round: Annika Espino and Megan Henry shot 78 (+6), and Helga Einarsdottir finished the round at 79 (+7).

Walker, the MAAC co-Rookie of the Year, was even par on holes 1 through 9, thanks to birdies on No. 1 (par 5, 525 yards) and No. 7 (par 3, 153). She’s tied for 51st overall.

Einarsdottir paced the Great Danes with three birdies for the round, including back-to-back birdies on No. 14 (par 4, 350) and No. 15 (par 5, 491).

Coach Colleen Cashman-McSween

"Overall, I think we can be disappointed with where we stand after the first round. We certainly didn't get off to the strongest of starts because of the nerves on the first few holes, but they held it together and battled all day long.

"Even though we squandered some shots out there, to sit only three shots back from 12th place and within range of teams like Clemson, Houston and Kennesaw State, all of whom are ranked in the Top 35 of the country, I'll take it. I'm proud of them!

"We definitely know where we can improve tomorrow, and hopefully getting off to a better start will give them some confidence to catch some of those teams and move up the leaderboard!"

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