The Buena Vista women's golf team began the Iowa Conference Championships with its lowest round of the year and its lowest championships round since 2009, as it finished the first 18 holes with a 349 that has it in sixth place overall.
Rounds one and two are being played at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls, the same site that the Beavers opened the season with their previous best round of the year (350).
Freshman Raelinn Arnold is in great position to make a run for the individual title after her first-ever round at the championships, reaching the clubhouse with a 78 (+6) to sit fourth and just three shots back of the lead.
"I was happy with what I shot today, but I felt I could have been even better," Arnold said after her round. "I can't wait to go back out and tee-off tomorrow."
Junior Emily Kim mathced her lowest round of the year (83) and is tied for 13th, just one stroke out of the top 10. Fresham Graysen Mechler is just behind after an opening-round 84 has her in a tie for 17th. Katelyn Baltes and Nichole Rohner rounded out the line-up with rounds of 104.
"I'm happy with my first round, but I'm looking forward to improving my score on Saturday," said Mechler.
BVU sits one stroke ahead of Nebraska Wesleyan (350) and is 18 shots clear of Loras (367). The Beavers are just nine strokes behind Dubuque for fifth and 11 back of Simpson for fourth.
"We hit the goals we set out to accompish today, and I'm very proud with the ladies," added head coach Mike Jamieson. "We'll go back to work tomorrow and hope to be even better."
Saturday's second round has the Beavers paired up with golfers from both Simpson and Dubuque with the first wave of the group teeing-off at 9:40am.