LINCOLN, Neb. -- The women's golf team at Rocky Mountain College is sitting in a two-way tie for 19th place after the opening round of play on Tuesday at the NAIA championships.
Playing on a hot afternoon, the No. 15-ranked Battlin' Bears shot a 44-over par 332 at the par-72, 5,962-yard Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. Rocky is tied with Dakota Wesleyan.
Reigning national champion Oklahoma City is leading with a 14-over 302 score -- two strokes better than top-ranked SCAD of Savannah, Ga., in the 27-team field.
Individually, Rocky sophomore Kyla Clancy used a strong short game to finish in a five-way tie for 20th place at 4-over 76. The top score of the opening round was a 1-under 71.
Rocky's other scores included Margo Salsbery 84, Katy Peterson 85, McKenzie Webinger 87 and Allie Sauvageau 89.
"I think nerves and jitters got them a little bit," Rocky coach Aaron Pohle said of his golfers. "I think tomorrow we can go out and put a good number up."
Frontier Conference rival Lewis-Clark State is 14th in the team standings at 34-over 322.
Round 2 of the 72-hole event will be on Wednesday. The field will be cut to the top 17 teams after Thursday's round.
NAIA Women's Championships
at Wilderness Ridge, Lincoln, Neb.
Top 10 team scores -- Oklahoma City 302, SCAD-Savannah 304, William Woods: 307, Coastal Georgia 308, University of the Cumberlands 310, Northwood University, Fla., 312, Bellevue University 314, British Columbia 314, Bethel, Ind., 315, Northwood University, Texas, 317. Others: 14, Lewis-Clark State 322; T19, Rocky Mountain College 332.
Leader -- Bri LaFoca, Northwood, Fla., 71.
Rocky golfers -- T20, Kyla Clancy 76; T82, Margo Salsbery 84; T92, Katy Peterson 85; T112, McKenzie Webinger 87; T119, Allie Sauvageau 89.
Lewis-Clark State -- T25, Heather Bruce 77; T53, Karina Davila 81; T53, Idah Whisenant 81, T66, Brooke Dagner 83; T92, Morgan Scott 85.
Carroll College -- T25, Jackie Mee 77.
Westminster College -- T47, Brandi Bork 80.