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    SEC Golf Today: Friday, September 20

    Gamecocks In First Place After Round One Of Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship

    KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The South Carolina women’s golf team shot a 5-under 279 on Friday to finish in first place after round one of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship hosted by the University of Tennessee.  

    After round one at the Cherokee Country Club South Carolina holds a three-stroke lead over second place Arkansas as the Razorbacks posted a 282 (-2). Louisville ended the day in third place with a score of 283 (-1).

    Four Gamecocks finished the day under par including freshman Katelyn Dambaugh who carded the low round of the day shooting a 3-under 68, which is a new career best. Dambaugh is currently in a tie for first on the individual leaderboard along with UCF’s Fanny Cnops. The native of Goose Creek, S.C. recorded an eagle, four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on the day.

    Senior Samantha Swinehart posted a 2-under 69 to conclude the day in a tie for third. Swinehart tallied four birdies and two bogeys in the opening round.

    Sophomores Mary Fran Hillow and Sarah Schmelzel, who competed as an individual, finished next on the leaderboard in a tie for eighth.  Both Gamecocks shot 70 (-1), Hillow registered four birdies and three bogeys and Schmelzel had two birdies and a bogey.

    Senior Suzie lee ended the day in a tie for 19th after shooting 1-over 72. Lee recorded an eagle, two birdies, a bogey and double bogeys on the day.

    Junior Justine Dreher carded a 2-over 73 to finish round one in a tie for 33rd. Dreher tallied two birdies and four bogeys on the day.

    Behind Dambaugh and Cnops four other golfers are in a tie along with Swinehart for third place.

    Second round play is scheduled to begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring will be available here.

    Ramey Tied For Fifth, Two Others In Top 20 At Collegiate Cup

    Nashville, Tenn. –Thanks to a 4-under-par 138, Chad Ramey began his senior campaign with a fifth-place tie going into Saturday’s final round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup.

    The stellar play from Ramey in the opening two rounds helped position Mississippi State into seventh place with 18 holes to go. MSU’s 11-over-par 579 is only eight strokes back of Virginia for sixth place.

    In addition to Ramey’s phenomenal play from the Golf Club of Tennessee, the Bulldogs also had seniors Barrett Edens and Joe Sakulpolphaisan finish with ties for 16th and 19th respectively.

    Edens, who is coming off of his best performance in his collegiate career, gained a Top-20 card for the first two rounds after opening with a 2-under-par 69.

    Sakulpolphaisan is also fresh off of a career performance, after his 14-under-par 199 winning effort at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate. The Thailand native shot seven birdies in the first two rounds to earn a 2-over-par 144.

    Rounding out the Bulldogs scorecard on Friday was junior TJ Morgan and senior Axel Boasson. Morgan, who is appearing in his second tourney for MSU, shot a 12-over-par 154 to tie for 42nd. Boasson carded a 14-over-par 156 to claim a tie for 45th going into Saturday’s round.

    State will begin the third round at 8:00 a.m. alongside Duke.

    Auburn In 4th After 18 Holes At Mason Rudolph

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Auburn women’s golf team carded a 2-over 290 Friday in the first round of the Mason Rudolph Championship, finishing the day in fourth place. The Tigers finished the day with three players in the top 15 of the 88-player field.

    Hosted by the Vanderbilt, the Mason Rudolph Championship is a 54-hole tournament being played at the Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course in Franklin, Tenn. The par 72 course plays at 6,337 yards for the tournament. The event features 15 teams from around the country, including 11 teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

    Senior Marta Sanz and junior Victoria Trapani led the Tigers in the first round of competition, carding 1-under 71s to tie for seventh. Sanz and Trapani carded four birdies each on the day.

    Senior Diana Fernandez also finished the day in the top-15, carding an even-par 72 to tie for 14th. Sophomore Jamie Yun shot a 4-over 76, tying for 46th, while sophomore Alex Harrell is tied for 60th with a 5-over 77.

    Arizona Stated ended the first round of competition in first place after shooting 3-under 285. UCLA and host Vanderbilt followed, tying for second with rounds of 1-over 289.  Auburn carded a 2-over 290, coming in fourth for the first round of the tournament. North Carolina State rounds out the top five with a 3-over 291.

    Individually, Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow and Baylor’s Hayley Davis are in the lead with 4-under 68s. Coming in third is Augusta James of North Carolina State with a 3-under 69.  Three players tied for fourth with 2-under 70s.

    Toennessen and Newton Lead Ole Miss Women’s Golf in First Day Action at Mercedes-Benz

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In her collegiate debut, freshman Maria Toennessen carded a 2-over par 73 to lead the Ole Miss women’s golf team in first round action at the Mercedes-Benz Championship at Cherokee Country Club on Friday (Sept. 20).  Sophomore Abby Newton also shot a 2-over par 73 in first day action.

    “I really liked what I saw from the team this morning,” said head coach Michele Drinkard. “We started off making birdies right away and were playing fearlessly by sticking to our process.  We now need to believe that we can stay focused through all 18 holes.  Our goals need to not change dependent on our success and we must learn to stay the course and continue our process in striving to hit greens and regulation and getting inside four feet with our short game.  

    Tomorrow is forecasted to have some rainy weather and I am looking forward to watching our team handle the conditions.”

    As a team, Ole Miss is sitting in 10th place with a 10-over 294. The Rebels are a stroke behind in-state rival, Mississippi State and two strokes ahead of Michigan out of the Big Ten. Juniors Stani Schiavone and Taelor Rubin each fired 3-over par 74, are tied for 44th place. Alison Hovatter recorded a 6-over 77 and is sitting in 71st place.

    The Rebels posted 14 birdies on the day, including nine on the front nine which gave Ole Miss a great start. Newton and Rubin had solid games on the front nine, recording a combined five birdies, closing the front nine at 1-under 35. Newton opened the day with a birdie on the first hole and recoded just one bogey on the front nine.

    “I started with a bogey which wasn’t ideal,” said Rubin. “But I shook it off and ended up being 1-under on the front. I didn’t start the back nine as well as I wanted and my drive was a little off, but I went with it, even though it wasn’t what I wanted today.  I worked on my drive and tomorrow I’m going to trust my putting and go after it.”  

    South Carolina leads the field with a 5-under 279, while UCF’s Fanny Copp and South Carolina’s Katelyn Dambaugh are tied for the individual lead at 3-under 68.

    Competition continues through Sunday and fans can follow the live scoring at Golf Stat. Ole Miss will go out in the later wave for Saturday’s round.

    Plasencia, Tubert Lead Razorbacks In Tennessee

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Arkansas sophomore Regina Plasencia and senior Emily Tubert both carded two-under 69’s leading the No. 18 Razorback women’s golf team to a first round 282 and second place at the 17th Annual Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday.

    The duo are tied for third overall helping Arkansas into second place, just three strokes behind day-one leader South Carolina who is in the clubhouse with 279.

    “We had a solid start today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “Regina played so well and Emily had good start for us. I think Summar was the key for us today.  We had to get one in the house in that fourth spot and she fought for every shot and it was the difference in our round.  Emma would have liked to have shot better but she’ll bounce back.  She is such a good leader for us.”

    Tubert, a Burbank, Calif., native, turned one-under with a pair of birdies on four and seven.  She had three bogeys in the round but three birdies on the back nine on holes 11, 15 and 16 kept the three-time All-American under par for the day.

    Plasencia, who was Arkansas’ top finisher a week ago, was two-under on the front nine with birdies on the first, fifth and eighth holes and a bogey on the fourth hole.  She played the back nine even and is tied with Tubert with a 69.  It is her third below-par round in the four-round season.

    Freshman Summar Roachell, in just her second collegiate event, finished the day one-over with a 72.  The Conway, Ark., native is tied for 19th overall. Roachell was four-over on the front nine but rallied to finish strong playing the back at three-under.

    Roachell turned and picked up back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11 holes.  She gave a stroke back with a bogey on the 13th but birdied the 15th and 18th holes to finish up.

    Sophomore Gabriela Lopez counted a one-over 72 in the first round. The Mexico City, Mexico, native was plus-one at the turn after a double tripped her up on the second hole.  She played the back side even for the strong finish. She is also tied for 19th overall

    Senior and Fayetteville, Ark., native Emma Lavy rounds out the Arkansas scores.  Lavy posted a seven-over 78 in the first round and is tied for 80th overall.  Sister and redshirt freshman Olivia Lavy is playing as an individual in her first collegiate event.  The younger Lavy carded an 80 and is tied for 87th overall.

    “Olivia birdied her first hole of college golf and that’s not an easy thing to do,” Estes-Taylor said.  “This experience is so valuable and will make her better.

    “It was a team effort and we played team golf today,” she continued.  “The weather will be muddy but these are conditions we like.  We are going to focus on one shot at a time and move up leaderboard.  We had good balance today and that’s what I’m looking for.  That is the ingredient for a great team and great to see that from this team.  They are so much fun to be around and they are fun to lead around golf course.”

    South Carolina, ranked sixth in this week’s poll, leads the field with a 279, followed by No. 18 Arkansas with 282, No. 13 Louisville with 283, No. 21 Tennessee with 285 and No. 34 UCF with 286 rounding out the top five.  The rest of the field includes No. 35 Tulane with 290, No. 44 Penn State and No. 69 Chattanooga with 292, No.8 Mississippi State with 293, No. 41 Ole Miss with 294, Michigan with 296, No. 14 Campbell, No. 60 Notre Dame and Rollins College tied with 298, No. 81 UTSA and No. 62 Missouri tied with 299 and No. 4 College of Charleston with 301.

    Meadow shoots 68 to Lead Mason Rudolph Championship

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Alabama women’s golf team shot 8-over-par 296 in the opening round of the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship on Friday at the par-72, 6,337-yard Vanderbilt Legends Club to finish in a tie for eighth.

    Crimson Tide senior Stephanie Meadow continued her excellent play with a 4-under-par round of 68. She is in a tie with Baylor’s Hayley Davis atop the leaderboard. Meadow, from Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, has shot in the 60s in three-of-four rounds this season.

    Meadow started on the back nine Friday morning and played it in 2-under 34. After a bogey save on the par-3 fifth, she caught fire with three straight birdies to close her round.

    “The momentum saver for Stephanie was getting up and down for bogey on the par-3 fifth hole when she hit it in the hazard,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter. “There is a big difference between bogey and double bogey and that really kind of got her going for the finish. She is solid and always has chances, and she capitalized on those chances today.”

    The Crimson Tide are in an eighth-place tie with Duke, Michigan State and Princeton. Arizona State holds the first-round lead at 3-under 285 with UCLA and Vanderbilt tied for second at 1-over 289. Auburn is fourth at 2-over 290 with North Carolina State fifth (+3, 291).

    Emma Talley, Janie Jackson and Cammie Gray all carded rounds of 4-over 76 to finish the day tied for 46th position. Junior Daniela Lendl shot 5-over 77 and did not count toward the team total.

    “We need to make a lot less unforced errors going into tomorrow’s round,” Potter said. “We three-putted from places we should not be three-putting from, we missed a lot of shorter birdie opportunities and very doable up and downs. That being said, there are some opportunities out here and we have to stay patient. We have good players, so we have to keep getting experience, and keep working on our short games.”

    Alabama is first off the tee in Saturday’s second round with an 8 a.m. tee time. The Tide will play with North Carolina and Michigan State.