Embry-Riddle women sit atop Cal-Pac leaderboard after day one in Mesa

College Golf

Embry-Riddle’s Nicole Lopes hits an approach shot Oct. 17, 2016, in Prescott. Lopes sits atop the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championships leaderboard after her 2-over par 146 performance Monday, April 9, 2018, at Mesa Country Club. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

Embry-Riddle’s Nicole Lopes hits an approach shot Oct. 17, 2016, in Prescott. Lopes sits atop the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championships leaderboard after her 2-over par 146 performance Monday, April 9, 2018, at Mesa Country Club. (Les Stukenberg/Courier, File)

Nicole Lopes leads the field with 2-over par 146; Men tied for 2nd

MESA — With four players wearing Embry-Riddle blue and gold atop the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championship leaderboard, it would take a miracle for another club to overcome the 70-stroke lead the Eagles possess after day-one action wrapped up Monday afternoon.

Nicole Lopes turned in a 2-over par 146 after two rounds of golf Monday to take a four-stroke lead over teammate Jessica Williams for an individual Cal-Pac title at Mesa Country Club.

Williams shot a 77 in round one Monday, but fired a 1-over par 73 in round two for a 150 overall heading into Tuesday’s third and final round. Elle Carlson finished with a 156 (+12) and is tied for third place overall with Trae Jones, who struggled in round two after shooting a 2-over par 74.

The Embry-Riddle women as a team shot a 603 (+27) in Mesa, while Marymount College is second with a 673 (+97). Simpson University is third with a 714 (+138).

MEN TIED FOR 2ND

Matt Andrews turned in a 6-over par 150 card after two rounds of golf Monday to put him in the conversation for a Cal-Pac title entering play Tuesday in Mesa.

Andrews shot an even-par 72 in round one, but missed a few pars in round two to grab a 78 (+6) for fifth overall.

Kyle Peterson finished tied for seventh with a 151 (+7), while Jacob Turner was tied for ninth overall with an 8-over par 152.

Embry-Riddle is tied for second as a team with a 610 (+34), while Marymount College leads the field with a 12-over par 588. Sierra Nevada is tied with Embry-Riddle, while Benedictine-Mesa is fourth with a 614 (+38).

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Day two of the 2018 Cal-Pac Golf Championship is scheduled for today in Mesa. Tee time was unavailable at press time.

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