Hot back nine lifts Summerhays to early lead at Patriot All-America Women's Invite
Grace Summerhays (ASU Athletics photo)
Grace Summerhays (ASU Athletics photo)

Grace Summerhays is no stranger to the Wigwam Golf Club outside of Phoenix.

The Arizona State sophomore made herself feel right at home on Thursday, carding an opening round of 7-under 63 on Wigwam's Blue Course to grab a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Patriot All-America Women's Invitational.

After she made the turn at 1-under, Summerhays was looking for something to ignite her round. She didn't have to wait long, as she eagled the par-5 10th hole and followed up with birdies on 11 and 12 to move to 5-under on her round. She added two more birdies on holes 15 and 18 to complete a four-hole stretch which saw her go 5-under for an inward nine of 29 and a round of 63.

Brianna Chacon nearly kept pace with Summerhays and finds herself just two off the pace after an opening round of 65. The Oregon standout also finished with a flurry with birdies on 14 and 17 and an eagle on the last.

Tillie Claggett of Vanderbilt is three back after shooting a 66, while Emma McMyler of Xavier, Catherine Rao of Princeton and Antonia Malate of San Jose State are four off the lead after turning in rounds of 67.

Results: Patriot All-America Women's Invitational
1CAAntonia MalateSeaside, CA70067-65-69=201
T2TXEmma McMylerSan Antonio, TX50067-66-68=201
T2AZGrace SummerhaysScottsdale, AZ50063-68-70=201
4CABriana ChaconWhittier, CA40065-68-69=202
5CAKatherine MuziWalnut, CA40068-67-68=203

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ABOUT THE Patriot All-America Women's Invitational

The Wigwam and the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA), in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation present the Patriot All- America Women's Invitational. It's one of the most unique events in all of golf.

42 top collegiate players named to the PING All- America team in NCAA Division I,II and III, NAIA and NJCAA, AJGA, one player from each military academy and select international players compete in a 54- hole championship.

Each player honors our military by carrying a bag with the name, rank and service of a fallen or severely wounded soldier embroidered on the pocket. Following the championship, the bags go to the players’ school for auction, with proceeds benefiting the Folds of Honor.

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