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    SEC Golf In The NCAA Tournament: May 21

    Fernandez Leads Auburn on First Day of NCAA Championships

    ATHENS, Ga. – The Auburn women’s golf team carded a 17-over 305 Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, finishing the day in 24th. Junior Diana Fernandez led the Tigers on the day with an even-par 72.
     
    Hosted by Georgia, the NCAA Championship is a 72-hole stroke play championship will take place at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The par-72 course will play at 6,372 yards for the tournament. The tournament field is made up of 24 teams, eight advancing from each regional site, and six individuals for a 126-player field.
     
    “We had a tough day today and missed some key putts,” said Auburn student assistant Danielle Downey. “I thought the girls played well at times, but those three-putts will kill you and they got us today.
     
    “We got the first round out of the way, though. We know what it takes on this course, we’ve done it before, we just have to re-group tonight and come out here tomorrow ready to play.”
     
    Fernandez, a native of Asuncion, Paraguay, was bogey-free and 2-under through 14 holes, but two bogeys in the final four dropped her to a tie for 20th at even-par. Fernandez has now had the low round for the Tigers in four of Auburn’s last five competitive rounds.
     
    After a rough start to the day that included a double-bogey on her second hole, senior Carlie Yadloczky rebounded to finish out the day even par, carding a 2-over 74 in the first round. She finished the day tied for 46th.
     
    “Diana and Carlie both played pretty good today,” said Downey. “We had a couple hiccups out there, but for the most part they gave us a very consistent presence on the golf course.”
     
    Junior Marta Sanz carded a 79 to finish the day tied for 108th while sophomore Victoria Trapani finished a stroke behind her, tied for 116th with an 80. Freshman Jamie Yun rounded out the Auburn lineup, tied for 121st with an 81.
     
    In the team race, San Jose State and Southern California are tied for the lead with 4-under 284s. Duke is the only other team under par, in third with a 2-under 286. Alabama is fourth at even-par while UCLA and Purdue are tied for fifth with 1-over 289s.
     
    Individually, San Jose State’s Regan de Guzman is in the lead with a 5-under 67. Duke’s Celine Boutier and Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow are tied for second with 3-under 69s. Ally McDonald (Mississippi State) and Annie Park (Southern California) round out the top five, tied for fourth with 2-under 70s.
     
    Second-round play begins with tee times off the Nos. 1 and 10 tees at 6:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday. Auburn will tee off in the second wave from 11:59 a.m. - 12:43 p.m. off No. 1, playing alongside Michigan State and San Jose State.
     
    Fans can follow along with live scoring at www.GolfStat.com.



    Women's Golf Fourth After Round One of NCAAs

    ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 2 Alabama women’s golf team is in fourth place at even-par 288 after the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Championships on the par-72, 6,372-yard University of Georgia Golf Course Tuesday.
     
    The Crimson Tide is four shots off the lead of No. 1 Southern California and San Jose State (-4, 284). Duke is third at 2-under 286 with UCLA and Purdue tied for fifth at 1-over 289. 
     
    “It was a little sloppy today,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “Sometimes you hold on too tight starting out in these types of tournaments. I think we have a lot better in us, but I am very happy with where we are considering we were 5-over after the first six holes. 
     
    “We have played enough here to know that you just have to get through the first six holes respectably. Then there are some opportunities after that.”
     
    Stephanie Meadow continued her torrid pace with a 3-under-par 69 that is two shots off the lead of San Jose State’s Regan De Guzman. De Guzman carded a 5-under 67 in the morning flight. Duke’s Celine Boutier joined Meadow in a tie for second with Mississippi State’ Ally McDonald and USC’s Annie Park tied for fourth at 70. 
     
    “Stephanie always seems to shoot under par, under 70 most of the time,” Potter said. “She is so solid and so consistent. She drives the ball in play, hits a lot of quality approach shots and is a great chipper and putter. I think she has a good feel and confidence on this golf course as well. Combine her talent with comfort level and it makes for good results.” 
     
    Meadow, a junior from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, registered four birdies, just a single bogey and navigated the difficult stretch of holes from one to six at even par. She sank a bride on the par-5 seventh and made the turn at 1-under. Meadow then reeled off back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th holes to move to 3-under. She made bogey at the 16th but came right back with a birdie on the 17th and closed with par on 18. 
     
    “It was a pretty good day,” Meadow said. “It is always good to start off in the 60s at the national championships. Honestly, all I was trying to do was not have any mental mistakes out there and that is my approach all week. I had one today.” 
     
    Meadow lowered her season scoring average to 71.03, which is the lowest total in school history, bettering her own school record of 72.15 set in 2011. 
     
    Freshman Emma Talley fired an under-par round of her own at 1-under 71. A 360-degree lip-out on the par-5 17th hole was all that kept her from four straight birdies to close her round. The Princeton, Ky., native made back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes and then closed with a birdie-4 on the finishing hole. Talley is tied for sixth heading into Wednesday’s second round. 
     
    Senior Jennifer Kirby is tied for 33rd after a 1-over 73. She made three birdies in five holes in the middle of her round to get to 1-under before bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes moved her back to 1-over. Sophomore Daniela Lendl was the Tide fourth score at 3-over 75. Junior Hannah Collier was dropped from the team score at 77. 
     
    Alabama will play with Southern California and Duke in the morning flight on Tuesday. Collier will lead things off for the Crimson Tide at 6:30 a.m. (CDT) in round two. 
     
    Follow live scoring at NCAA.com and breaking news on the Crimson Tide on Facebook at AlabamaWGolf and on Twitter at @AlabamaWGolf.



    Lavy Leads Razorbacks in First Round

    ATHENS, Ga. –Junior Emma Lavy fired a one over 73 leading the fifth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team to an 11th-place start after first round action at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., Tuesday.  Arkansas shot eight-over 296 for the first round.
     
    Lavy was tied for third for much of the second half of her round but a miscue on nine, her final hole of the day, saw her slide back a bit on the leaderboard.  Despite the tough finish, Lavy was ready to tee it up again.
     
    “There are just so many birdies out there on this course,” Lavy said.  “You have to keep that in mind on this golf course and keep the good things in front of you.  I wish I had one more hole to play today.
     
    “This is a beautiful golf course and the greens are rolling true,” she continued.   “We work really hard and we know how good we can play.  We’ve played hard all year and the champion is going to be the champion at the end of the week and we think we are good enough to be there.”
     
    Lavy, a Fayetteville, Ark., native, is tied for 33rd after her first round.  She opened on the 10th tee box and birdied her first hole to start her day.  She went on to birdie 14 and 15 as well but doubled the 16th moving to one-under. 
     
    Lavy moved to two-under with a birdie on the par four second hole, the 11th of her round and would remain there until her final hole.  Lavy counted a seven on the par four final hole after overshooting the flag on her approach.  The ninth hole is a double-green sharing space with the 18th hole and Lavy’s ball caught the high side on nine, hung up for a moment and then dribbled down to the far side of the other green.  Her first putt didn’t quite make it up the hill but she got off the course leading the Razorbacks.
     
    Freshman Gabriela Lopez and senior Victoria Vela are tied for 46th overall and are in the clubhouse with 74s.  Lopez was on fire to start her round with three birdies on 15, 16 and 17.  She turned two-under but played the front nine four over wrapping up her round.  Vela played the back nine plus three and birdied the fifth hole moving back to two-under for the day.
     
    Junior Emily Tubert counted a 75 and is tied for 64th and freshman Regina Plasencia is tied for 89th overall with a 77.
     
    Tubert struggled out of the gate with a double on her first hole and bogeys on the 12th and 14th holes turning at four-over.  She would bogey two more holes before taking control of her round with three birdies in the final six holes.
     
    Plasencia turned a plus two getting her only birdie of the round on the par five 17th hole.  She played the front nine three over for the day.
     
    Top-ranked Southern California and No. 48 San Jose State both fired a four-under 284 to lead the field after the first round.  Third-ranked Duke is third with 286, followed by No. 2 Alabama with 288.  The rest of the top 10 includes No. 8 UCLA and No. 7 Purdue are tied for fifth with 289, No. 13 Stanford with 290, No. 4 Oklahoma with 291, No. 12 Arizona State with 293, No. 14 Tulane is 10thh with 296.  The Razorbacks are 11th with 296 followed by No. 25 Michigan State, No. 9 Arizona and No. 24 Northwestern are tied for 12th with 298.
     
    The rest of the field includes No. 18 Texas, No. 17 UC Davis, No. 10 Florida and No. 6 Vanderbilt are tied with 299, No. 40 Mississippi State with 300, No. 35 Oregon and No. 47 Wisconsin with 301, No. 15 Oklahoma State with 303, No. 32 South Carolina with 304 and No. 38 Auburn with 305.
    NCAA Championship action continues Wednesday with Arkansas’ teeing off beginning at 6:30 a.m. central.
     
    For more information regarding Razorback women’s golf or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



    Gamecocks Sit in 23rd After First Round

    ATHENS, Ga. — The South Carolina women’s golf team posted a 16-over 304 on Tuesday to open play at the NCAA Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
     
    The Gamecocks finished the day in 23rd place but they are within nine strokes or less of 13 teams ahead of them on the leaderboard. Carolina’s start is similar to last year’s first round in which it finished the day in a tie for 18th and climbed up the leaderboard over the final three rounds to finish fifth.
     
    “It’s obviously not the start we wanted, but we are in there and can come back tomorrow,” South Carolina head coach Kalen Harris said. “That’s kind of the way we started last year. We got off to a rocky start and then just had to hang in there. The team as a whole really fought hard. I was proud of how they really hung in there. This championship is definitely a marathon with four days. It’s not a sprint. We look to recover tomorrow and put up some low numbers.”
     
    Junior Suzie Lee carded the low round of the day for the Gamecocks, shooting a 2-over 74 to wrap up the round in a tie for 46th. She recorded two birdies and four bogeys on the afternoon.
     
    Freshman Sarah Schmelzel will head into the second round in a tie for 76th after turning in a 4-over 76. Schmelzel had a solid front nine, shooting 38 (+1), before a double bogey on the first hole of the back side sent her on her way to a 38 (+3) heading into the clubhouse.
     
    Sophomore Justine Dreher and freshman Mary Fran Hillow each shot a 5-over 77 to close out the day in a tie for 89th, while senior Meredith Swanson is in a tie for 108th after carding a 79 (+7).
     
    Top-ranked Southern California and San Jose State are tied atop the team leaderboard after each posting a 4-under 284 on Tuesday. No. 3 Duke (286), No. 2 Alabama (288), No. 8 UCLA (289) and No. 7 Purdue (289) round out the top five.
     
    Individually, San Jose State’s Regan De Guzman fired a 5-under 67 to take the early lead.
     
    The Gamecocks will tee off in the second round on Wednesday at 8:28 a.m. and will be paired with Oklahoma State and Florida. Live scoring will be available at golfstatresults.com.



    UGA's Burger Opens NCAAs with 75

    ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's Emilie Burger carded a 3-over 75 in the opening round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships at the University of Georgia Golf Course on Friday. That tally placed the senior from Hoschton in a tie for 64th among the 126 golfers in the field.
     
    “If I look at this today, I didn’t have my ‘A’ game," Burger said. "This was probably more like my ‘C’ game. You’re going to have a bad round because there are four rounds. So if this is my worst one by Sunday, I’m going to be top five or maybe close to winning.”
     
    "Emilie played like she has all year," head coach Josh Brewer said. "She just missed a few little putts, but I think it’s just more adrenaline and anxiety. I don’t think she’s ever missed those at all. I just think playing in front of more people and friends and playing here at home contributed to that. You just take it as a disadvantage today and then use it as an advantage on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.” 
     
    After opening with a tap-in bar, Burger lipped out a 5-foot par putt at No. 2. That was an unfortunate omen for the much of the rest of her day. Following her round, Burger was able to quickly rattle off eight lip-outs on the day, including four from three-feet or less.
     
    “I was hitting it really well," Burger said. "I hit a lot of greens, but the ones that I did, it was just a bad missed club. On hole 11, I had a funky line and it just shot off the club face and went over. Then I had all those lip outs, but there’s not much you can do.”
     
    Burger missed the green to the left at No. 3. Her chip raced directly over the cup and off the fringe. She got up and down for a second straight bogey. Burger sank a 20-foot putt at No. 5 but gave that stroke back with another short par miss at No. 6.
     
    After turning at 2-over, she birdied No. 10 but double-bogeyed No. 11. Burger birdied No. 16 but again gave that shot back with a bogey at No. 16.
     
    “The greens are rolling probably as good as I’ve ever seen them roll," Burger said. "They’re pretty quick, too. You just have to miss it in the right spots. If you miss it by the hole, it’s going to be hard to putt. So just missing it in the right places is key because they have it set up really tough, which they should.” 
     
    After playing in the morning on Tuesday, Burger will be in the afternoon wave on Wednesday. She will tee off from No. 10 at 12:48.



    Piccio and Hedberg Pace Florida in Athens

    ATHENS, Ga. - Competing in its 24th NCAA Championship all-time, the No. 9 University of Florida women's golf completed its first round of play at the 2013 NCAA Championships at the UGA Golf Course with an 11-over (299) to be in a tie for 15th-place heading into the second round.
     
    "It's not the most typical start we wanted," Florida head coach Emily Bastel said. "Mia (Piccio) and Camill (Hedberg) did play well today, but it was tough finding birdies out there today and I thought they did a good job of staying patient. We'll just need a little bit of help tomorrow from the rest of the team and show the depth that we have. In team golf, you need everybody to come ready to play, especially in the national championship and that's what we'll be looking for tomorrow."
     
    Only seven birdies found their way onto Gator scorecards as the hilly Georgia golf course didn't yield many birdies for all teams. Former champions, San Jose State and Southern California lead the way after day one with a four-under (284), while SJSU also holds on to the individual leader, Regan De Guzman, who shot a five-under (67), a career-best to lead by two strokes. Along with the Spartans, only three other teams compiled an even par or better team score after the tournament's first day.
     
    Trying to carry over momentum from her top-ten finish at the NCAA Central Regional, senior Mia Piccio (Bacolod City, Philippines) brought in one of the most consistent rounds of the day. Piccio pared 11-straight holes before bogeying the par four, second hole and, for a time, was steady in the top-20 at even par. The senior ended up getting her first birdie on the par four, sixth hole, but scored a bogey on the next hole to drop back to one-over where she finished up to be in a tie for 33rd individually.
     
    Also in a tie for 33rd is sophomore Camilla Hedberg (Sitges, Spain), who carded the best Gator round on Tuesday along with Piccio. Looking to make a statement in only her second NCAA Championship of her collegiate career, Hedberg had a more up-and-down day with four bogeys and three birdies. The Spaniard was two-under after seven holes and in the mix of the top-five, but suffered a bogey right before the turn and then bogeyed two of her first three holes of her second nine.
     
    Hedberg rebounded well to birdie the par five, seventh and nearly birdied the ninth to get back to red numbers. However, the 15-footer for birdie just missed to the left and the comebacker for par lipped out, forcing Hedberg to write down her fourth bogey of the day and drop her to one-over. The round of 73 is still three shots better than her first round at last year's NCAA Championships. Last year after carding a first round 76, Hedberg came back to fire a 69 on the second day. With 14 players tied for sixth at one-under, only two shots separate Hedberg and Piccio from the top-ten.
     
    As for the rest of the UF team, the bottom three players combined for a 17-over score and only had three birdies between them for the first 18 of the week. In her first NCAA Championship of her young collegiate career, freshman Ursa Orehek (Domzale, Slovenia) brought in a four-over (76) to be in a tie for 76th after the first day. Orehek had a slow start to her day with four bogeys after seven holes, but seemed to right the ship after a birdie on the 18th and then another on No. 2 to get back to two-over. The freshman did write down two more bogeys on her second nine, but was able to minimize the damage to finish at four-over.
     
    Junior Elcin Ulu (Istanbul, Turkey) and sophomore Anna Young (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) have some work to do after their first rounds as Ulu shot a five-over (77), while young had the high score of the day for the Gators with an eight-over (80). Ulu finished in a tie for 89th and Young is in a tie for 116th going into round two.
     
    The first tee times of Wednesday's second round are scheduled for 7:33 a.m., while Florida's first player will tee off at 8:28 a.m. on the first hole of the UGA Golf Course. Live scores will be available on GolfStat.com. A full recap with complete results can be found on GatorZone.com following the completion of Tuesday's round.
     
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    McDonald Leads Mississippi State to Top-20 Sitting After Round One

    ATHENS, Ga. – Sixth-ranked Ally McDonald’s 2-under-par 70 paced the 40th-ranked Mississippi State women’s golf team to a 19th-place sitting after one round of the NCAA Championships at the par-72, 6,372-yard UGA Golf Course.
     
    McDonald is tied for fourth overall and only three shots back of the individual leader.
     
    MSU posted a 12-over-par 300 in the program’s first round of championship competition and is only five strokes back of 10th-place No. 14 Tulane (295, +7) in the tightly-packed field.
     
    The Lady Bulldogs teed off on hole No. 10 at noon and played the more difficult back nine first as the heat index topped 90 degrees in the Athens area.
     
    “We played well today and proved to ourselves that we can compete with the best teams in the nation,” third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “The heat was a factor today and got to some of the teams but I think we handled it well. To shoot a 300, which is below our season average, on this course in the national championship is very commendable. We have three more rounds to go out and chip our way up the standings. Teeing off in the morning tomorrow should help us get our round in before the heat and humidity are in full force. The rain that fell late today also may make the greens bit softer.”
     
    State tees off at 6:33 a.m. CT Wednesday with temperatures expected to be in the upper 60’s and reach only 80 degrees. MSU will again be paired with No. 5 Arkansas and No. 6 Vanderbilt.
     
    McDonald’s 2-under is her fourth-consecutive round of par or better as she notched a 69-69-68 in her NCAA Central Regional victory.
     
    The sophomore from Fulton, Miss., started strong with birdies on her second (No. 11) and fifth (No. 14) holes of the day before settling in for six straight pars. Her tee shot on the par-3, 178-yard third hole sailed left and forced her only bogey of the day. She negated that bogey with a birdie on No. 5 to post par for the second nine.
     
    “I started getting tired toward the end of the round,” McDonald said. “I think I misread a few putts, but I didn’t ever really start striking the ball bad. I continued to hit it well the whole round; I just couldn’t get some putts to fall. That’s not a bad thing, just to know that you left some opportunities out there and that they’ll be out there the next day. I had one bogey on hole three. I just hit a bad shot to the left and wasn’t able to hit a chip like I wanted. Other than that, I hit the ball really well today. I got some putts to fall and left a few out there.”
     
    Sophomores Elena Warren and Rica Tse each notched a pair of 76’s on the day. At the turn, Warren was 4-over but managed back-to-back birdies on No. 6 and No. 7 to post par for the second nine.
     
    Tse traded three bogeys and a par on each nine. She birdied No. 17 before back-to-back bogeys on No. 18 and No. 1. She evened it all out with another birdie on No. 2.
     
    Mary Langdon Gallagher and Gabi Oubre’ rounded out the MSU leaderboard with a 78 and 82, respectively. Gallagher entered her ninth hole of the day at only 1-over but bogeyed four consecutive holes to fall to 5-over. Another bogey on No. 7 took her to 6-over for the round.
     
    Oubre’ struggled with a trio of double bogeys. The freshman regrouped to card birdie-par-par on her last three holes.
     
    Top-ranked USC tied 48th-ranked San Jose State with a 4-under-par 284 to take command of the leaderboard after the first round, while Spartan Regan De Guzman’s 5-under-par 67 earned her the top spot individually.
     
    Live stats will be available through HailState.com. Fans can also follow the women’s golf program on Twitter, @mstateWG, and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG.