MADISON, Wis. — UTSA senior Camryn Carreon carded a 4-under-par 68 to grab the individual lead after the opening day of the Badger Invitational, which teed off on Sunday at University Ridge Golf Course (par 72/6,248 yards).
Carreon has a two-shot lead ahead of Wisconsin’s Kate Brody with 36 holes left to play, while the Roadrunners are in a four-way tie for fourth place in the 15-team field. UTSA turned in an 8-over 296, as did Augusta, Colorado State and Iowa, and that group is three strokes in front of North Florida and only three behind South Florida and four off a tie for first between Delaware and the host Badgers.
Carreon’s 68 was headlined by five birdies against only one bogey. The senior all-conference performer from San Antonio opened her round with two pars before circling her number om the 174-yard, par-3 third. She then reeled off five pars in a row and closed the front nine with a four on the 483-yard ninth for a 2-under 34.
The 2023 NCAA San Antonio Regional champion recorded birdies on three of the first six holes on the back to move to 5-under par before settling for a bogey-par-par finish on the back. It marked her third consecutive sub-70 round, as she posted a 68-69—137 over the final 36 holes of the Sam Golden Invitational last week.
Olivia Williams registered a 1-over 73 and has a share of 11th place. The sophomore from England countered a bogey on No. 4 with a birdie on No. 9 en route to an even-par 36 on the front. She added back-to-back birdies on the back, writing down a three on the 346-yard 15th followed by a four on the 514-yard 16th.
Maria Bastarrica posted a 77 and is tied for 56th, while Morgan Ellison provided the other counting score with a 78 and is in a tie for 63rd. Daniela Abonce turned in a 79 and has a share of 74th.
Round two is scheduled for Monday and the Roadrunners will tee off from No. 1 beginning at 9 a.m.