Defending champ Tarleton State struggled through the final holes Monday, but remains in contention for another team title at the West Region Golf Championship at Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.

The No. 5 nationally ranked TexAnns rallied from eight strokes back early in the day to be tied for the lead with all players through 12 holes.

That’s when the struggles began, landing Tarleton in third at the end of the first of three rounds.

Carla Cooper was only two strokes off the individual lead before three consecutive bodeys on holes 15-17 left her with a 5-over par 77. She is tied for eighth.

Passing Cooper was Shraddhanjali Singh. The sophomore from India leads the TexAnns after playing the back nine in just one-over par to finish in a tie for at four-over 76.

Also for Tarleton, Andrea Lowe is at +8, Melanie Tham is +13 and Maury Shock’s score of +14 did not count toward the team total.

Northeastern State’s Stephanie Bird scored even par to lead all individuals, while St. Edward’s leads the team standings at +24. Northeastern is second at +27 while third-place Tarleton is +30.

All six teams are still in the title hunt. Fourth place Western Washington is at +31, followed by St. Martin’s at +32 and Western New Mexico is only 10 strokes back at +34.

Round two tees off this morning followed by the final 18 holes on Wednesday.