|Mortellaro ties Idaho record|
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - University of Idaho sophomore Kayla Mortellaro tied a University of Idaho record en route to also tying the course and tournament record with her 65 during the opening round of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational at the Boulder Creek Golf Club.
Mortellaro's seven-under par gives her a two-stroke lead over Texas State's Valdis Jonsdottir, who is at 67. In a tie for fourth is Idaho senior Amanda Jacobs, who had a personal best with her 69. They helped put the Vandals - four strokes behind host and first-round leader UNLV, in good position with two rounds to play. The Vandals totaled 285 to 281 for the Rebels. Ball State is at 289 and Missouri at 290.
"I'm extremely pleased with this for our first competitive round of the spring," coach Lisa Johnson said. "We did a good job of finishing our rounds today. Our ball-striking is very good right now and our short games enabled us to save a lot of pars and put ourselves in position for birdies."
Johnson said the Vandals made the most of the mild Northwest winter to put themselves in position to continue their remarkable fall, which includes three tournament victories.
Teo Poplawski, another in the Vandals' strong sophomore class, is tied for 29th at 74 with Annika Karlsson tied for 54th with a 77 and Frida Nilsson in a tie for 81st with an 80.
The tournament continues with 18 holes Tuesday before concluding with Wednesday's final round.