NCAA Women's Golf ACCtion: Thursday, May 9

NCAA Women's Golf ACCtion: Thursday, May 9

May 9, 2013

CENTRAL REGIONAL

Blue Devils Open in Third at NCAA Central Regional

NORMAN, Okla. - The top-seeded and third-ranked Duke women's golf team opened the 2013 NCAA Central Regional on Thursday with a four-under-par, 284, and sits only two shots off the lead with 36 holes remaining at the 6,298-Yard, Par 72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

Florida holds the team lead, following a six-under-par, 282, ledger on day one. Oklahoma (283) is second with Duke (284), TCU (290), Michigan State (291), UC Davis (291), Arizona State (292), Mississippi State (292), Wisconsin (292) and Indiana (292) rounding out the top 10.

Seeing action in her fourth regional, senior Lindy Duncan turned in a three-under-par, 69, on Friday and is tied for third, individually, through 18 holes. A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Duncan carded three birdies and no bogeys in round one as she posted her seventh even or under par ledger out of 10 career rounds in regional play.


No. 20 Wolfpack Women's Golf Tied for 12th at NCAA Central Regional

NORMAN, Okla. - No. 20 NC State sits in a tie for 12th place after Thursday's opening round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

The Wolfpack, at 6-over 294, is just four shots out of fourth place in a crowded leader board that features 11 clubs within four shots of each other.

Vivian Tsui led the charge Thursday with a 1-under 71 for the Wolfpack. She is tied for 13th after three front-nine birdies had her out in 33 this morning.

Augusta James is tied for 26th after an even-par 72. She struggled early with a bogey on three of her first four holes, however, a birdie at the par-5 fifth got her going in the right direction.

Deacons Open NCAA Regional With Round of 299

NORMAN, Okla. - The Wake Forest women's golf team opened the NCAA Central Regional on Thursday with a round of 11-over 299 and is in 17th place in the 24-team field.

Individually, junior Olafia Kristinsdottir led the Deacons with an even-par 72. She bogeyed the first and the 17th holes but made a pair of birdies in between along with 14 pars. The 72 is her lowest round since a she carded a 72 in the final round of the LSU Golf Classic in March. Kristinsdottir will start the second round in a tie for 26th.

Sophomore Allison Emrey also made 14 pars in her round and finished with a 2-over 74. She is tied for 48th heading into Friday. Freshman Mariana Sims made four birdies and was 1-under par through 16 holes but she found trouble on the closing two holes and finished with a 3-over 75.


EAST REGIONAL

Tar Heel Golfers Tied 6th NCAA East Regional

AUBURN, ALA. - The University of North Carolina 11th-ranked women's golf team fired a 2-over-par 290 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional and is tied for sixth place. Junior Jackie Chang led the way for the Tar Heels as she fired a 4-under 68 on Thursday and Casey Grice was just one shot back at 2-under 70.

Chang fired five birdies and one bogey en route to her 4-under 68, the low round of her collegiate career. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native is tied for fourth place in the individual race, just one stroke behind the leaders. Grice fired four birdies and two bogeys on her way to a 2-under 70. The junior from College Station, Texas, is tied for ninth among all individuals. Elizabeth Mallett, a freshman from Sutton Coldfield, England, shot a 2-over 74 in the first round and stands tied for 44th place. Junior Katherine Perry, from Cary, N.C., shot a 6-over 78 on Thursday and is tied for 93rd while sophomore Maia Schechter, from Takoma Park, Md., carded a 7-over 79 and is tied for 96th.


UVa Women's Golfers in 14th Place at NCAA Regional

AUBURN, Ala. - The 13th-ranked Virginia women's golf team is tied for 14th place after the opening round of the NCAA East Regional Championship taking place at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala. Virginia shot 12-over 300 to open the three-day, 54-hole qualifier. The top eight teams in the 24-school field advance to the NCAA Championships.

Top-seed Alabama leads the 24-team field at 11-under 277. The second-ranked Crimson Tide are the reigning NCAA Champions. Fifth-ranked Arkansas is tied with 20th-ranked Tulane for second place at 5-under 283.

Virginia was led by ACC individual champion Brittany Altomare, who shot even par 72 and is tied for 21st place. Portland Rosen is in 33rd place at 1-over 73. Briana Mao, an All-ACC selection, is tied for 54th at 3-over 75. Elizabeth Brightwell is in 103rd place at 80 and Nicole Agnello is 122nd at 85.


WEST REGIONAL

Negron Leads Seminoles At NCAA West Regional

PALO ALTO, Calif.  - Florida State senior Jessica Negron shot a 1 over par 72 and is in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings and the Seminole women's golf team is in a tie for 22nd place in the team standings after the first round of the NCAA Division I West Regional Championships on the Stanford University Golf Course. With two rounds remaining to be played, the Seminoles must improve over the next two rounds and move into the top eight of the team standings to advance to the NCAA Championship finals May 21-24 at the University of Georgia.

Negron, meanwhile, needs to finish as one of the top two finishing individual players not on one of the top eight advancing teams to play in the NCAA Championships as an individual. She is currently in a group of nine players who are vying for the two individual positions on teams who are not currently in the top eight of team standings.

No. 7 ranked Vanderbilt holds a one stroke lead over Southern California after the first round of the team race. The top eight teams are all within one stroke of the lead with the top 15 teams within 12 strokes of the lead. Anne Park of Southern California is the overall team leader with a 4 under par score of 67. She leads Emilie Berger of Georgia by one stroke.


Hurricanes Tied for 18th at NCAA West Regional

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Making its first postseason appearance since 2005, the Miami Hurricanes women's golf team is tied for 18th after Thursday's first round at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford Golf Course.

Miami, ranked No. 54 in the latest Golfstat standings, held a four-stroke lead through eight holds and remained in the lead when the Canes made the turn to the front nine. However, a collection of bogeys and double bogeys on the front nine dropped the Canes to 23-over 307. Miami is just seven strokes out of the top 10.

Three strokes separate the top four teams on the leaderboard. No. 7 Vanderbilt leads the field by one stroke after a first-round 5-over 289. No. 1 USC is in second at 6-over 290, followed by No. 12 Purdue at 7-over 291 and No. 40 Oregon at 8-over 292. No. 19 Baylor is fifth at 11-over 295.