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    SEC Golf Today: Friday, October 11

    Lopez Tied For Fifth After First Round

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – University of Arkansas sophomore Gabriela Lopez carded a first round two-under 70 and is tied for fifth place at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday.

    The Mexico City, Mexico, native opened with a bogey on the first hole but quickly settled in rattling off three par holes.  She counted an eagle with a two on the par three fifth hole moving back to even and added her second birdied on the par four seventh hole falling to one-under.

    Lopez turned and birdied the 10th hole with a three on the par four hole and closed out her round with eight consecutive pars for her 70.

    “It was a little bit of a slow start today but I’m really proud of Gaby,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “She had a solid performance today and everyone else had to grind a little bit.  We are not too far behind and we have an opportunity to go out and commit to our process of hitting one golf shot at a time and move up the leaderboard.  We have a great game plan in place for this golf course and we are looking forward to taking advantage of that and of some good weather tomorrow.”

    Cool and rainy conditions saw the No. 7 @RazorbackWGolf team shoot 296 in the first round and the team stands in eighth place overall.  Arkansas is just 11 strokes back of leader No. 16 Vanderbilt who is in the clubhouse with a 285.  Tenth-ranked Duke is second with 296 followed by No. 26 Auburn with 291, No. 74 Ole Miss and No. 4 Oklahoma tied for 292 rounding out the top five teams – just four strokes ahead of the Razorbacks.

    Sophomore Regina Plasencia opened with a first round 73 and is tied for 22nd overall.  Senior Emma Lavy is tied for 55th with a76, freshman Summar Roachell is tied for 65th with 77 and senior Emily Tubert is tied for 72nd overall with a 78.

    Second round action continues with 7 a.m. central tee times.  Follow the action live on

    South Carolina in a Tie for 13th Place After Opening Round of Tar Heel Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The South Carolina women’s golf team shot an 11-over 299 on Friday at the UNC Finley Golf course to finish in a tie for 13th place after round one of the Tar Heel Invitational hosted by the University of North Carolina.

    Vanderbilt is currently in first place after shooting a 3-under 285. Duke and Auburn round out the top three with scores of 286 (-2) and 291 (+3), respectively.

    Junior Justine Dreher carded the low round for the Gamecocks turning in a 2-under 70 and ended the day in a tie for fifth. Dreher bogeyed on the No. 10 hole to open the round and then tallied 3 birdies on the front side.

    Sophomores Mary Fran Hillow and Sarah Schmelzel finished the day in a tie for 42nd after turning in rounds of 75 (+3). Hillow recorded a double bogey, a bogey and a birdie while Schmelzel recorded a double bogey, two bogeys and a birdie.

    Senior Suzie Lee, who competed as an individual, concluded the first round in a tie for 55th after shooting a 4-over 76. Lee registered two double bogeys and a birdie on the day.

    Freshman Katelyn Dambaugh finished next on the leaderboard in a tie for 79th. Dambaugh shot a 7-over 79 and tallied two double bogeys, four bogeys and two birdies.

    Senior Samantha Swinehart carded an 80 (+8) in round one to finish the day in a tie for 84th. Swinehart recorded two double bogeys, two bogeys and two birdies.

    Vanderbilt’s Antonia Scherer finished the day at the top of the individual leaderboard carding a 5-under 67. Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey is currently in second place after shooting a 68 (-4). Duke’s Leatitia Beck and Mississippi’s Alison Hovatter are tied for third with a score of 69 (-3).

    Alabama Women’s Golf 13th after 18 Holes at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Alabama women's golf team is tied for 13th place after shooting 11-over 299 in the opening round of the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational on Friday at the par-72, 6,285-yard UNC Finley Golf Course.

    The Crimson Tide trail tournament leader Vanderbilt by 16 shots after the Commodores posted a 3-under-par 285 while third-ranked Duke is one shot back at 2-under 286. Auburn is in third place after a 3-over-par round of 291 with Mississippi and Oklahoma tied for fourth at 4-over 292.

    Sophomore Emma Talley paced the Alabama attack with a 1-under-par 71 and is tied for 10th entering Saturday's second round. The Tide started their round on the back nine and Talley made the turn at 3-under after making birdie on the 12th, 13th and 17th holes. She carded eight pars on her second nine but made double-bogey seven on the par-5 sixth.

    Senior Stephanie Meadow shot 2-over 74 and is tied for 36th. She was 2-over at the turn before making birdie on the sixth. Redshirt freshman Cammie Gray carded a 4-over 76 and tied for 58th. Senior Hannah Collier and sophomore transfer Janie Jackson both tied for 72nd after 6-over-par rounds of 78.

    The Tide will be paired with South Carolina and Michigan State during Saturday’s second round. Jackson will be the first Alabama player off the 10th tee at 9:03 a.m. (CDT).

    Follow live stats at and get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaWGolf, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

    Auburn Women’s Golf In 3rd After Day 1 At Tar Heel Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Auburn women’s golf team Day 1 of the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in third after carding a 3-over-par 291. The Tigers ended the day with two players in the top 20 of the 96-player field.

    Hosted by the North Carolina, the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational is a 54-hole tournament being played at the UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. The par 72 course is playing at 6,285 yards for the tournament. The event features 18 teams from around the country, including 12 teams ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

    “It was a good first day, especially on such a challenging course against a difficult field,” said associate head coach Andrew Pratt. “We actually gave up a few strokes on the last couple holes and that is something we can’t do. We have to be able to finish better, but fortunately there is a lot of golf left to play and more opportunities for us to improve.”

    Senior Diana Fernandez ended the day tied for 10th, after shooting a 1-under 71 with two birdies on the day. With 15 pars on the day, Fernandez was headed for a bogey-free round, but she was stung with her lone one of the day on No. 18.

    Sophomore Jamie Yun carded the best round of her collegiate career, coming in at even-par 72 to tie for 16th. Yun carded a team-high four birdies on the day. Just one stroke behind her was Marta Sanz who shot a 1-over 73 to finish the day tied for 22nd.

    Junior Victoria Trapani shot a 3-over 75 with two birdies in the first round, finishing the first day tied for 42nd. Freshman Clara Baena rounded out the Auburn lineup with an 11-over-par 83, coming in tied for 94th.

    Vanderbilt finished round one in first place with a 3-under-par 285. Duke followed in second place with a 2-under 286. Auburn took third place, after shooting a 3-over 291.  Mississippi and Oklahoma are tied for fourth at 4-over 292.

    Individually, Antonia Scherer of Vanderbilt finished in first place with a 5-under-par 67.  Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson shot a 4-under 68, holding on to second place while Duke’s Laetitia Beck and Ole Miss’ Alison Hovatter are tied for third after rounds of 3-under 69.  There is a five-way tie for fifth place at an even-par 72.

    Action at the Tar Heel Invitational will continue at 8:09 a.m. CT, Saturday with rounds of the Nos. 1 and 10 tees. Auburn will go off No. 1 starting at 9:39 a.m. CT, playing alongside Vanderbilt and Duke.

    Florida Freshmen Excel in First Round of the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational

    Chapel Hill, N.C. - The No. 5 Gators women’s golf team was led by the two youngest members during the first round of the 2013 Tar Heel Invitational. Freshmen Karolina Vlckova was the lone Gator to finish under-par (70), making three birdies on the day and scoring a top-5 individual spot. Fellow freshman Maria Torres shot a solid two-over (74) to begin her tournament play.

    Juniors Sarah Schober and Camilla Hedberg and redshirt sophomore Katie Mitchell all proved consistent in round one, finishing five-over (77).  Anna Young competed as an individual, shooting a final three-over (75) and made a team-leading four birdies in round one.

    As a team, Florida finished twelfth over four ranked opponents: No. 2 Alabama, No. 24 South Carolina, No. 20 Michigan State and No. 16 Virginia. Round two will tee off at 8:51 a.m. tomorrow at UNC Finley Golf Course and will give the Gators women’s golf team a chance to advance at the Tar Heel Invitational.

    Hovatter Leads Rebel Women’s Golf at Tar Heel Invitational

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Sophomore Alison Hovatter shot an opening round 3-under 69 to lead the Ole Miss women’s golf team at the UNC Tar Heel Invitational on Friday (Oct. 11). Hovatter’s 69 is a new 18-hole low score, besting her previous low by four strokes.

    Hovatter has been the epitome of consistent throughout the fall season and today’s round was no exception. The Alabama native nailed five birdies on the afternoon en route to her best collegiate round of golf. Hovatter is sitting in third place, just two strokes off of individual leader Antonia Scherer from Vanderbilt, who fired a 5-under par 67 to open tournament action.

    “I am proud of Alison for recording her new lowest round to date,” said head coach Michele Drinkard.” I’m also proud of Abby for staying patient and keeping her putts rolling at a good speed.”

    As a team, the Rebels turned in one of their best rounds of the fall. Ole Miss is sitting in a tie for fourth place with Oklahoma with a team score of 4-over par 292. In total, the Rebels recorded 10 pars on the day and posted their lowest round this fall.

    “This was the first time this fall that we saw the team keep their awareness on the target,” said Drinkard. “They did a good job of staying in the moment and keeping it simple. Tomorrow we want to take the positives from the day, stay humble and continue our process to improve.

    One of the highlights of the round came from freshman Maria Toennessen who picked up her first collegiate eagle on hole No. 3. It was also the first eagle for the Rebels this fall.

    Abbey Newton also posted a solid opening round. The Katy, Texas native shot a 1-under par 71 with three birdies on the afternoon.  Junior Taelor Rubin and Toennessen both fired a 4-over 76, while Stani Schiavone shot a 5-over 77.   

    Vanderbilt leads the field after day one action, with a 3-under 282. Competition continues through Sunday and fans can follow all the action at the Tar Heel Invitational at BirdieFire.