Oct. 1, 2017
No. 11 Women's Golf at ANNIKA Intercollegiate
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- No. 11 South Carolina’s golf sits in second place at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate after opening the 54-hole event with a 3-over 291 Sunday at Olympic Hills Golf Club. Sophomores Anita Uwadia and Lois Kaye Go both carded a 71 (-1) on day one to pace the Gamecocks, who will enter Monday’s second round three shots off the lead.
Top-ranked Arkansas sits atop the 12-team field after posting a 288 (E), while No. 16 Stanford is in third place following its 6-over 294. Southern California’s Robynn Ree and Stanford’s Mika Liu hold the individual lead with an 18-hole score of 68 (-4).
Uwadia turned in a steady performance in round one, totaling 14 pars to go with three birdies and a bogey. The Okoko, Nigeria, native notched back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 en route to a 35 (-1) on her front nine, and she added another one on the par-4 eighth. Uwadia will head into the second day in a tie for sixth.
Go (T6, -1) opened her day with eight-straight pars and made the turn at 1-over 37 following a bogey on No. 18. She boasted a strong showing on her back nine, registering seven pars and birdies on Nos. 4 and 8.
Gamecock senior Ainhoa Olarra finished the day in a tie for 14th after opening with a 2-over 74. The San Sebastian, Spain, native recovered from three early bogeys, shooting par or better on each of her final 13 holes. Birdies on Nos. 5 and 9 highlighted the stretch for Olarra, who shot a back-nine 35 (-1).
Carolina junior Marion Veysseyre (T22) recorded 14 pars and a birdie on No. 18 en route to a first-round 75 (+3), while sophomore Ana Pelaez (T29) fired a 4-over 76. Pelaez started her round with nine-straight pars.
QUOTING COACH Kalen Anderson
“The team stayed very patient today and battled through tough and rainy conditions. The group was very resilient, and their patience paid off today. We need to continue this mindset for the remainder of the tournament.”
ROUND CHANGER Lois Kaye Go
Gamecock sophomore Lois Kaye Go enjoyed a solid back nine Sunday after totaling seven pars to go with birdies on Nos. 4 and 8. Her 71 (-1) on day one marked her second under-par performance for Carolina this season.
South Carolina is back on the course Monday morning for round two of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate. The Gamecocks, who will play with No. 1 Arkansas and No. 16 Stanford, will begin their round on No. 1 at 10:50 a.m. ET.
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