HORSESHOE BAY – Ursula Perez fired an opening round 78, helping St. Mary’s University to a third place standing after the first round of the Heartland Conference women’s golf tournament, held Monday at the Slick Rock Golf Club.

Perez (So., San Antonio) shot a 38 on the front nine, then followed that up with a 40 on the back nine to finish six-over par for the round. Amanda Anderson (Sr., San Antonio) is just one stroke behind Perez in the individual standings, shooting an opening round 79 to tie for seventh place. Jenna Wessels (Jr., Katy) is 15th with an 84, Marie Hulsey (Jr., El Paso) is 17th with an 85 and Erika Patterson (Fr., San Antonio) is 24th with a 91.

Emily Kvinta leads the way individually for St. Edward’s, firing a one-under par 35 on the front nine, then one-over par 37 on the back nine. She has a one-stroke lead over teammate, Kirby Baker, who fired a one-over par 73 for the round on Monday. Heather Wilbur and Kristen Tucker of Dallas Baptist are tied for third with identical 76s.

In the team standings, St. Edward’s has a five stroke lead over Dallas Baptist, 306 to 311. St. Mary’s University is third with a 326, Newman University is fourth with a 334, the University of the Incarnate Word  is fifth with a 347, Oklahoma Panhandle State University is sixth with a 387 and Texas A&M-International University is seventh with a 462.

The Heartland Conference Championship will wrap up on Tuesday with the final round at Slick Rock Golf Club. The round will start at 8 a.m.

Team Standings: 1. St. Edward’s 306, 2. Dallas Baptist 311, 3. St. Mary’s 326, 4. Newman 334, 5. Incarnate Word 347, 6. Oklahoma Panhandle State 387, 7. Texas A&M-International 462.
Individual Standings: 1. Emily Kvinta (SEU) 72, 2. Kirby Baker (SEU) 73, 3. Heather Wilbur (DBU) 76, Kristen Tucker (DBU) 76, 5. Christa Williams (DBU) 77.
St. Mary’s Individuals: 6. Ursula Perez 78, t7. Amanda Anderson 79, t15. Jenna Wessels 84, t17. Marie Hulsey 85, 24. Erika Patterson 91.

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