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No. 7 Women’s golf leaders after opening round of NCAA Auburn Regional

AUBURN, Ala. – No. 7 Auburn fired an opening round 290 (+2) on Monday at the NCAA Auburn Regional at the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama. The Tigers currently hold a three-shot lead over No. 2 South Carolina. Megan Schofill is tied for the individual lead after shooting 3 under (69) in the first round.

“The golf course was in very good condition,” the Auburn head coach said Melissa Luellen said after the round. “I am very proud of the AU club and Ryan, our superintendent. Their staff has been working hard over the last three weeks and it is a championship golf course.

“I think there’s an opportunity to score on the back nine. You could see where South Carolina picked up some strokes on the last five or six holes and we did that too. The front nine is a real beast. But I think each day the scores should get a little better as you start to understand the course and get a feel for the greens.”

Schofill’s impressive opening round featured a pair of birdies on the front nine, but was highlighted by an eagle on 16, a par 5. With 215 yards into the hole after her drive, the fifth-year hit a hybrid to about 10 feet before sinking the putt. The round marked Schofill’s 14e this season around under par.

 

“I think we’ve done a great job of preparing over the last few weeks and playing a lot of golf here,” Schofill said after the round. “I’m really proud of myself and this group of girls because this is our first home tournament ever. It was a different feeling, but I think we rolled with the punches today.”

Senior Anna Foster picked up three birdies in her round before hitting a 73 (+1), which puts her in the top 10 as she is tied for eighth in the individual rankings. Freshmen Anna Davis mirrored her teammate by firing a 73 (+1) of her own on Monday. Davis fired her approach from about 400 feet on the ninth hole to within 10 feet to convert her only birdie of the day.

 

Sophomore redshirt Casey Weidenfeld had a tough start to her round after making the turn at 5-over, but bounced back on her back nine. Weidenfeld went bogey-free on the second nine with birdies at No. 11 and No. 15, leading to a 3-over 75.

Sophomore Katie Cranston Monday also recorded a 75 (+3) in a round with three birdies. Weidenfeld and Cranston are both tied for 20the place individually.

Auburn begins the second round of regional play at AU Club on Tuesday at 8 a.m. CT. Fans are encouraged to attend the tournament at the Auburn University Club, where admission is free. The live scoring of the tournament will be available online at Golfstat.com.

“We’re preparing for a national championship,” Luellen said of the team’s mentality heading into the second round. “We’re working on our mental toughness, continuing to build a lead, playing really good golf and just continuing to build our confidence coming in here. We don’t really care who’s behind us, we just want to be out front to stand.” .”

The NCAA Auburn Regional is one of six 54-hole regional competitions played to determine the participants in the championship finals. The bottom five teams and the individual not on those teams advance to the finals in Carlsbad, California.