So many story lines, so little space. Round one of Women’s Porter Cup one had a bogey-free 65, two mid-70s scores from local talent, a 68 from the golf-mad nation of Latvia and on and on. If you want the straight story, click here for Wednesday’s Scores. If you’re interested in a bit more on the tournament, read on.
Casie Cathrea, a freshman-to-be at Oklahoma State, paired six birdies with twelve pars to post a 65 and seize the lead by three strokes over Latvian Krista Puisite, a recent graduate of Texas State university. In third place, another stroke back, is Prima Thammaraks of Thailand and Emily Collins of Texas, rising seniors at Iowa State and Oklahoma, respectively. In total, 16 golfers settled within 10 strokes of the lead on Wednesday.
Gaelin Carrig, currently a rising Junior on the Mercyhurst team, gave her take on the event: “The event is set up nicely and is very organized. The girls I met today were both super nice and it’s really cool to be playing in an event with people of all different ages.” When asked about her goals for the week, she remarked “To play the best golf I can without letting the course get to me. Honestly, to have fun playing a game I love.”
Her former high school teammate, Vanderbilt rising senior Rene Sobolewski, was asked if the event lived up to its billing: “Absolutely. The talent in this field is incredible for an inaugural event and it will only get better in years to come. The golf course is set up tough but fair, and the tournament director and all of the volunteers are doing an amazing job of making this a high-end tournament.”
Not necessarily front page news, but of interest nonetheless, is the homecoming of golf writer Cassandra Stein, former member of the Nichols and Robert Morris varsity squads and current staffer for Golf Week magazine. When asked about seeing a world-class event for women on her home course, she responded “It’s pretty cool. To come home and see familiar faces and see how your home course plays with some of the best women amateurs is awesome.” To read Stein’s work, click here, here and here.
Tee times on Thursday begin at 10 am, with the leaders going off at noon. For more information, visit the official site here.