ATHENS, Ga. – Southern California and San Jose State shared the lead at 4-under 284 after the first round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships on Tuesday.
USC, which won titles in 2003 and '08 and was runner-up to Alabama last year, came in as the top-ranked team in the country, while San Jose State – seeking its first team title in 21 years – was 48th.
Duke, which won back-to-back-to-back titles from 2005-07, was in third after a 2-under 286 on the University of Georgia Golf Course, two strokes ahead of the Crimson Tide.
Spartan freshman Regan De Guzman leads the field at 5-under 67, with Blue Devil Celine Boutier and Alabama's Stephanie Meadow two shots back. Mississippi State's Allie McDonald and USC's Annie Park were tied for fourth at 2 under, with 14 players tied for sixth place another shot behind.