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    Alabama Women in Fourth Place at PING/ASU Invite

    TEMPE, Ariz. – The second-ranked Alabama women’s golf team is in fourth place Friday after shooting 4-under-par 284 the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational on the par-72, 6,233-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course. 
     
    The Crimson Tide is five shots off the lead of sixth-ranked UCLA, who carded a 9-under-par round of 279. No. 3 Duke is in second place at 8-under 280 with top-ranked Southern California in third place at 5-under 283, one shot ahead of Alabama. 
     
    “We hit the ball really well today and had a lot of good opportunities,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “We didn’t make as many as we would like, but that is golf. The conditions were perfect; the golf course was perfect, so scores are out there. We just have to convert a few more of them going forward.” 
     
    Freshman Emma Talley fired the lowest round of her young career with a 4-under-par 68. She carded a bogey-free round that consisted of birdies on the second, fifth, ninth and 14th hole. She shot a 32 on her opening nine holes and closed with 36 on the par-37 back nine. It was her first round at Alabama in the 60s and she is tied for third entering play on Saturday. 
     
    “It was a pretty boring round really,” Potter said. “She had a chance to birdie about every hole and capitalized on a few. Emma is very capable of playing that way, and it is just a matter of time before she is doing that all the time.”
     
    Sophomore Daniel Lendl matched her lowest round at Alabama with a 2-under-par 70 on Friday. She is tied for 11th after making four birdies and two bogeys in her opening round. Senior Jennifer Kirby shot even-par 72 with birdies on No. 10 and No. 14 and bogeys on the eighth and 13th. She is tied for 27th position. 
     
    Junior Stephanie Meadow made two bogeys on the final six holes to finish at 2-over-par 74 and is tied for 41st entering the second round. Fellow junior Hannah Collier was the Crimson Tide’s drop score on Friday with a 4-over-par 76. 
     
    Alabama will play with No. 22 Texas and No. 16 UC-Davis during Saturday’s second round in Tempe. Texas and UC-Davis both shot 286 for a tie for fifth. The Crimson Tide then return home for the SEC Championship at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., on April 19-21. 
     
    Live scoring can be found at www.golfstat.com and follow breaking news on the Crimson Tide on Facebook at AlabamaWGolf and on Twitter at @AlabamaWGolf.



    South Carolina Women Tied for 10th Place After First Round at ASU

    TEMPE, Ariz. — The South Carolina women’s golf team posted its second lowest round of the season on Friday, shooting a 3-over 291 to open play at the PING ASU Invitational at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.
     
    The Gamecocks finished the day in a tie for 10th place with tournament host Arizona State and remain in the mix for a high finish at the prestigious tournament, which features 15 teams ranked in the Golfstat Top 50. Coming off a third-place finish at the Bryan National Collegiate, freshman Sarah Schmelzel continued her stellar play as she led the way on Friday with a career-low 70 (-2) to wrap up the afternoon in a tie for 11th. Senior Meredith Swanson also had a solid round as she carded a 1-under 71 to finish the day in a tie for 19th.
     
    “We are off to a solid start,” South Carolina head coach Kalen Harris said. “Sarah continued her steady play, and Meredith really stepped up for us today. We need to remain patient the next two days and see if we can take advantage of the good scoring conditions.”
     
    A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Schmelzel started her day on the back nine and got off to a hot start. After making par on the 10th and 11th holes, she reeled off three straight birdies to get to 3-under and then made four consecutive pars to make the turn with a 34 (-3). Schmelzel made par on the first hole before recording the only blemish on her scorecard, a bogey on the par-4 second. She carded seven straight pars to close out her round at 2-under.
     
    Swanson, whose round is a season low, bogeyed her second hole of the afternoon, the par-4 11th. After making par on the 12th, she got back to even with a birdie on the 13th and then recorded five pars to wrap up her front nine with a 37 (E). She played the next eight holes at 2-under, making birdie on the second and seventh holes, before bogeying the ninth to drop back to 1-under for the day.
     
    Junior Suzie Lee and freshman Mary Fran Hillow each carded a 3-over 75 and are in a tie for 48th.  Lee finished her round with three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on her scorecard, while Hillow recorded two birdies and five bogeys. Sophomore Justine Dreher is in a tie for 66th after turning in a 5-over 77, which included two birdies, two bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey. 
     
    Junior Samantha Swinehart, who is playing as an individual, is in a tie for 77th after shooting a 79 (+7). Swinehart’s round included three birdies, six bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
     
    Eleventh-ranked UCLA fired a 9-under 279 to take the tournament lead by a stroke over No. 2 Duke (280). Top-ranked Southern California is in third with a score of 283 (-5), followed by No. 3 Alabama (284), No. 16 UC Davis (286) and No. 21 Texas (286). Duke’s Laetitia Beck and Washington’s Jennifer Yang are tied atop the individual leaderboard after each shooting a 5-under 67.
     
    The Gamecocks will begin teeing off in the second round on Saturday at 9:20 a.m. MST and will be paired with Arizona State and TCU. Live scoring will be available at golfstatresults.com.