Marshall in Second after Round 1 at Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate

Senior Rachel Thompson posted a team-best 3-over 74 on Day 1.

March 17, 2014

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Marshall women’s golf completed its best round of the 2013-14 season at Day 1 of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, finishing two strokes behind leader Murray State at Highlands Course at Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn.

"It was so cold and wet today; it was not easy out there," Marshall Coach Meredith Knight Rowsey said. "I'm so proud of the girls for hanging in there, but we have a lot of work left tomorrow."

Led by senior Rachel Thompson (Mansfield, Ohio), the Thundering Herd posted a 33-over-par 317 on the par-71, 5,803-yard course. Murray State leads the pack with a 31-over 315. Individually, Thompson sits in a tie for second with Indiana State’s Marissa Uradomo at 3-over 74. Marshall placed another golfer in the Top 10 as Gabby Marcum shot a 6-over 77 to tie with four others for eighth.

The Herd’s second-place stance marks its best spot since posting a runner-up round at the 2012 Cardinal Classic at The Players Club in Yorktown, Ind., Sept. 22, 2012. Marshall finished in fourth at that tournament.

After Day 1 action, the Herd stands:

Rachel Thompson – T2 (74)
Gabby Marcum – T8 (77)
Sarah Helly – T21 (81)
Korakot Simsiriwong – T41 (85)
Natalie Irwin – T60 (89)

Marshall will continue competition tomorrow in the final round at Highlands Course at Sevierville Golf Club.