Top-ranked USC climbed its way to the top of the leaderboard Tuesday during the first round of the NCAA Women’s Championship.
But the Trojans have some surprising company.
Also at 4-under 284 after one round is San Jose State, No. 48 in Golfstat’s rankings. It was the best round in school history.
The Spartans were led by Regan De Guzman, who shot the low round of the season with a 5-under 67 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The redshirt freshman carded seven birdies, including five on the final nine, and leads the individual race by two shots over Duke’s Celine Boutier and Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow, the second-ranked player in college golf.
USC didn’t count a score worse than even-par 72 Tuesday, a good omen for the four-round event. The only other team under par after Day 1 was Duke, which is two shots back at 2-under 286. Alabama is fourth at even par.