HIGHLAND — Lynn-Marie Nagel's 3-under-par 69 set a new school record for Utah Valley University and put her atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the Great West Conference Women's Golf Championship at Alpine Country Club Monday.
Nagel's school-record round helped the Wolverines to a three-shot lead over defending champion Houston Baptist on a mild and sunny day that neared record temperatures in the state of Utah.
"Lynn struggled in the last tournament and she didn’t do what she wanted to do," UVU women's golf coach Sue Nyhus said. "She was focused today and hitting the ball where she can. She had a marvelous day."
Nagel shot a 1-over par 37 in the opening nine, but responded with a 4-under par on the back with four birdies, including one on the 18th, for the record-setting 69.
"Finally, all the things we have been working on and talking about came through today," Nyhus said.
In addition to the low-round from Nagel, UVU also set new school records for the lowest team score (298), 12 shots better than the previous record. Nagel's round score and the team score for Utah Valley are also records in a Great West Conference Championship.
"We have to go out and have fun and play the game of golf one shot at a time and not worry about what we shot today," Nyhus said.
Jordyn Dougal is in fourth place after a 2-over 74 and Lauren Ballenger shot a 5-over 77 and is tied for fifth. Celeste Gish was one shot behind Ballenger in eighth, while Brooke Bliss is tied for 21st to round out the host Wolverines in the field.
Last year's medalist, Kelsey Lou-Hing of Houston Baptist, is in second with a 1-under 71 with teammate Paige Gibson a shot behind in third.
Chicago State (313), North Dakota (327) and Texas-Pan American (332) round out the team scores after the first of three rounds.
The second round begins Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. with the final round set for Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University