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Gamecocks tied for 6th in NCAA Columbus Regional

09 May, 2017, 08:00 | Author: Abel Ruiz

SC women's golf opened play at the NCAA Columbus Regional Monday, carding a first-round 309 (+21) in windy conditions at the OSU Golf Club. Florida State's seminole hole certainly came on hole No. 14 as senior Lydia Gumm, Morgane Metraux and freshman Amanda Doherty all earned birdies to help the team cement its second place standing and close the gap on Florida.

The top three individual golfers not on one of the top six qualifying teams from this regional tournament advance to the NCAA championship.

Kentucky posted a 326 (38-over par) in the opening round, its highest score of the season, but the first round of the NCAA postseason proved to be just as hard for the rest of the 18-team field. Vu, who is going for her fifth straight win this season, made seven birdies on her round.

After bogeying No. 10, her first hole of the day, she bounced back with a birdie on the par-3 13th after sticking the 156-yard shot within four feet. Tech also had a 5-par average of 4.60 (-8). Both Mason and Gabby Barker hit one birdie on the first day. "Our first day is always the rough start, so we're always trying to fight back the second and third day".

The conditions and difficulty of the golf course took its toll on all the teams. Recently renovated by Jack Nicklaus in 2006, the Scarlet Course is playing as long as 6,416 yards this week, a par 72.

Morgane Metraux, who has won a school-record tying three individual titles this year, begins play in the second round in a tie for second place after a first round score of 72.

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Fellow rookie Allyson Geer finished day one with a 2-over-par 74, going 1-over-par on both the front and back nine, and is slotted in a tie for 24th place.

"I am happy to have some momentum as a team in the postseason", said Metraux.

Jia Xin Yang will enter the second round in a tie for 52nd following her 8-over 80 Monday, while Carolina sophomore Marion Veysseyre opened with a 10-over 82.

"We didn't have our best day, but we're right there in it".

"Our main goal is to get to national, and I think we are four or five", Garcia said before the Lady Raiders went up the leaderboard.

The super regional continues Tuesday with the Vikings scheduled to start teeing off at 8:20 am.


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