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UVU golf: Wolverines sit in ninth after 18 holes at FGCU Eagle Invite

Senior Hannah Herman hits the ball. Herman leads UVU after 18 holes of play at the FGCU Eagle Invite as she sits in a tie for 19th place at 6-over par.
Senior Hannah Herman hits the ball. Herman leads UVU after 18 holes of play at the FGCU Eagle Invite as she sits in a tie for 19th place at 6-over par.
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In its first tournament of the spring season, the Utah Valley University women's golf team sits in ninth place after 18 holes of play at the FGCU Eagle Invitational in Estero, Florida, on Friday.

As a team, the Wolverines recorded a 322 (+34) during Friday's opening round.

Senior Hannah Herman is leading the way individually as she finds herself in a tie for 19th place with a 6-over-par 78. Herman carded three birdies and five pars en route to her team-best 78 on Friday.

Junior Cassandra Lesa is next for the Wolverines as she sits one shot back of Herman at 7-over par (79). Lesa's 79 is good enough to put her in a tie for 29th place.

Senior Heather Mathison and sophomore Kimberly Nyhus fired respective scores of 82 and 83 on the day, while fellow sophomore Monica Yeates rounded out the group with an 87. Mathison and Nyhus enter Saturday's second round tied for 44th and 49th places, respectively, while Yeates sits in a tie for 70th.

Elon leads the field after Friday's opening round after shooting a 4-over 292, while Xavier sits in second (307) and Daytona State and host Florida Gulf Coast are tied for third (308). Elon's Sunna Vidisdottir is the tournament leader after carding a 1-under 71, while her teammate Heather Munro is one stroke back of her for second place (72).

Currently in ninth place, UVU finds itself ahead of Akron (10th), USC Upstate (11th), Northern Kentucky (12th), Drake (13th) and Florida Atlantic (14th) in the team standings.

Day two of the FGCU Eagle Invitational begins Saturday at 6 a.m. MT. To follow live results, please visit BirdieFire News.

The three-day tournament, which is being contested at the Stoneybrook Golf Club, then concludes Sunday morning with a final 18 holes of play.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.