PENSACOLA, Fla. ó No. 1 Florida Southern and No. 2 Rollins College lived up to their rankings while the No. 13 Tarleton State TexAnns fell into the middle of the pack after the first day of the NCAA Division II Womenís Golf Championships.
The TexAnns finished the first round 29 strokes over par, with a team score of 317. They are currently fifth out of eight teams, one stroke behind No. 27 North Dakota and two ahead of No. 9 Drury.
Tarleton is making its first-ever appearance in the championships after winning their first-ever West Regional championship last week.
Freshman Shraddhanjali Singh leads the TexAnns, having shot a 6-over-par 78 to tie for 17th place. Singh had one birdie on the back nine, and finished with seven bogeys.
Lauren Martinez finished one stroke behind Singh, in a tie for 21st. She had seven bogeys.
Kerri Self and Alesha Hurt both got off to strong starts, and were in a tie for 27th at the dayís end, having shot a pair of 8-over-par 80s.
Self birdied two of the first three holes, but finished with eight bogeys and one double-bogey. Hurt shot even par for the first six holes, and also had a birdie, but bogeyed six times. She also had a triple-bogey late.
Jodi Neal was nine strokes over par after the first day, with a pair of double-bogeys on the front nine. She pulled it together on the back nine, though, losing just three more strokes.
Division IIís top player, Maria Garcia Austt of Nova Southeastern, was in the lead at dayís end, with a 1-under 71.
Three golfers shot even par: Lindsey Bergeon, Florida Southern; Jessica Harbin, St. Maryís; and Daniela Iacobelli, Florida Tech.
In team competition, Florida Southern (+9) has established a nine-stroke lead over Rollins College (+18). Three teams, including Tarleton, have scores in the high-20s, and two more are in the low 30s.
The championships continue Thursday at Stonebrook Golf Club, and runs through Saturday.