Furman tied for eighth, Harford tied for seventh at NCAA Lubbock Regional
LUBBOCK, Texas – Sophomore Haylee Harford (E) carded an even 72 to tie for seventh place among individuals and help the 10th-ranked Furman (+12) women's golf team to a tie for eighth place Monday in the opening round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional at the par-72, 6,593 yard The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas.
Harford, who ranks 37th nationally, notched a team-high four birdies, including three on the front nine, to finish the day four strokes back of leader Lilia Vu (-4) of UCLA, who is ranked fourth nationally. Freshman Natalie Srinivasan (+2) shot a 74 with three birdies, including consecutive birdies on No. 15 and No. 16, to tie for 16th, and junior Alice Chen (+3) recorded a birdie on No. 12 to tie for 26th with an opening-round 75. Senior Taylor Totland (+7) scored a birdie on No. 1 and tied for 69th with a 79, while freshman Carly Burkhardt (+8) birdied No. 1 and No. 3 to tie for 76th with an 80.
Seventh-ranked Arizona State (+5) holds a one-stroke lead over No. 47 Oregon (+6) entering Tuesday's second round. Host Texas Tech (+8), which is ranked 34th, and No. 2 UCLA (+8) are tied for third, followed by No. 28 Brigham Young (+9) in fifth place.
The Paladins, who will tee off of No. 1 beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, are part of an 18-team regional field that will battle for a top-six finish and a berth in the 24-team NCAA Championship, which will be held May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Lubbock Regional field includes six of the top 25 teams in the country led by second-ranked UCLA, No. 7 Arizona State, 10th-ranked Furman, No. 15 Kent State, 18th-ranked Texas and 23rd-ranked Oklahoma.
Furman, which secured the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by capturing its 16th SoCon Championship last month at the Country Club of Lexington in Lexington, S.C., is making its third consecutive and 20th overall NCAA Regional appearance. The Paladins appeared in 17 straight regionals from 1993, when the regional format began, until 2010. Furman finished fourth last season at the NCAA Bryan Regional in Bryan, Texas, and went on to place 20th at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
ETSU's Loy tied for seventh at NCAA Columbus Regional
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite it being a cold and windy afternoon on day one of the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio, at the Ohio State University Golf Club Scarlet Course, senior Loy Hee Ying turned in an impressive 2-over-par 74 to finish tied for seventh.
At 2-over, Loy is just four shots off the lead of Purdue's Marta Martin Garcia who shot a 2-under 70. Loy, who is the 57th-ranked player in the nation according to GolfStat.com, finished ahead of 10 players who are ranked in the top 50.
To start the day, the 2017 SoCon Player of the Year came out on fire as she birdied three of her first six holes to move to 3-under for the round. After shooting 6-over in the next five holes, Loy rebounded with back-to-back birdies on holes 12 and 13 to get to 1-over. During the final five holes, Loy parred four of them to finish the day with a 2-over 74.
Loy is tied for seventh with five individuals, including No. 20 Kelly Grassel of Florida and No. 63 Elodie Van Dievoet from Michigan. Marta Martin Garcia of Purdue leads the tournament at 2-under, while right behind her is No. 35 Morgane Metraux from Florida State and Texas A&M's No. 12 Maddie Szeryk at even par.
Monday marked the first day of the three-day NCAA Columbus Regional, with day two beginning Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. The Columbus Regional will conclude competition on Wednesday, May 10.