Julika Grosspietsch became the first Menlo College golfer to represent the school at the NAIA National Championship when she fired a 5-over 77 on Tuesday's first round at the Lincoln Park Golf Club in Oklahoma City.
While she's on the wrong side of the cutline heading into Wednesday's action, Grosspietsch has been known to rebound quite nicely.
Julika Grosspietsch /Menlo Athletics
She finished the day strong, despite a double bogey on the seventh hole, which plays as a par-5.
She birdied the fifth and sixth holes and shot two over par during her final nine holes for a 39 going out. Her three birdies are two shy of the leader and she finished with the third best overall score on par-3s, going even on the day. After 18 holes, she sits tied for 54th out of over 150 golfers.
The cutoff to make the top 40 is 3-over, giving Grosspietsch a chance to recover.
"Julika did a good job of minimizing her bad holes," Menlo's Director of Golf Mike Givens said. "She was disciplined with her recovery shots which put her in a good position to score well. In addition, her putting was very consistent but she knows she could improve tomorrow with her pitch shots. Overall, a solid performance and she has given herself a chance to finish strong in the tournament."
Oklahoma City is the team leader, shooting 1-under 287. The Stars own a six-stroke lead over Dalton State, with British Columbia sitting in third place, a stroke behind Dalton State.