CARMEL, Ind. - University of Kansas sophomore golfer Meghan Gockel finished her first round of stroke play with an 80 on the first day of the 2007 U.S. Women's Golf Amateur at the Crooked Stick Golf Club course in Carmel, Ind.
Gockel's scorecard left her eight-over after matching scores of 40 on the front and back nine. The Dallas native got off to a slow start with bogies on the first and second holes. Gockel would settle down though, making par at each of the next five holes. After a double-bogey on the eighth hole put her four-over on the day, she rattled off seven straight pars.
The Women's Amateur is conducted with 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying. The 64 low-scorers then advance to match play, with the champion determined by a 36-hole match-play final. Gockel is currently tied for 104th after day one.
Gockel qualified for the Women's Amateur in mid-July at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club in Richmond, Texas, with a score of 75.
Gockel has had a tremendous year in her first season as a Jayhawk. Her season was highlighted with a final round of 72 at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic to help Kansas finish fourth in the tournament. She was also named to the NCGA All-American Scholar Team.