The Bulldogs find themselves six shots off the pace of USC Upstate, who leads the event after an opening-round 322.
"Our games are not where we would like them to be, but to be in second place and in a position to compete for the tournament title is exciting," Drake head coach Leanne Smith commented. "It seemed like each player had a good nine holes and a bad nine today as nobody was able to bring it together for a complete round. We're continuing to work on consistency with Chelsey (Falk) and Danielle (Brooks) having led us today with solid efforts."
Senior Chelsey Falk (Glenwood, Minn.) paced the Bulldogs with a team-low 79 and is tied for third place entering Monday's second round.
Sophomore Danielle Brooks (Red Wing, Minn.) was two shots off Falk's pace with an opening-round 81, good for a fifth-place tie.
Redshirt freshman Kimmy Askelson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) rounded out Drake's top five posting a score of 86 to place her in a tie for 27th.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Ashley Brooks (Red Wing, Minn.) registered a 90, to stand in 32nd place.
Drake continues competition at the Monterey Bay Invitational on Monday (March 18) starting with a 10:00 a.m. CT shotgun start.
MONTEREY BAY INVITATIONAL
MARCH 17, 2013 • 18 HOLES
DEL MONTE GOLF CLUB (MONTEREY, CALIF.)
1) USC Upstate - 322 (322)
2) Drake - 328 (328)
3) CSU Bakersfield - 334 (334)
4) Northern Colorado - 336 (336)
Western Illinois - 336 (336)
6) South Dakota - 340 (340)