The NCAA Division I women’s regionals got underway Thursday at three sites across the country. The low eight teams after Saturday’s third and final round will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Here are the results from Day 1 (follow live scoring on Golfstat.com by clicking here):
East Regional, at Southwood GC in Tallahassee, Fla.:
Leader: Vanderbilt (-11)
Second place: Tulane (-8)
Individual leader: Emily Penttila, Tulane (-7)
Rest of the top 8: Virginia (-5); Duke (-4); N.C. State (-2); Texas State, UCF and East Tennessee State (+1)
Work to do: Pepperdine (+2); South Carolina and Stanford (+3); Auburn (+5); Louisville (+7)
Skinny: The Commodores, fresh off their second SEC title in program history, kept rolling in their first round of regionals. Simin Feng and Jenny Hahn both shot 68 on Day 1 for Vandy. … Top-10 programs South Carolina and Stanford got off to shaky starts Thursday, shooting 3-over 291, but they’re only two shots off the pace for the all-important eighth spot. … Individual leader Penttila’s round included an eagle on her first hole of the day, the par-5 10th, and six other birdies. She leads by two over Duke’s Celine Boutier, the fifth-ranked player in the country.
Central Regional, at Karsten Creek GC in Stillwater, Okla.:
Leader: Alabama and California (+7)
Second place: Florida and Kent State (+8)
Individual leader: Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State (-7)
Rest of the top 8: Oklahoma State (+10); UCLA and Minnesota (+11); Mississippi State and North Carolina (+14)
Work to do: Arizona (+18); Arkansas (+21); LSU (+21)
Skinny: Third-ranked UCLA’s opening 11-over 299 left the team inside the top 8 bubble after one round, but on the unforgiving Karsten Creek course it has to protect against a big number on Day 2 or risk a stressful final day. … No. 4-ranked Arkansas struggled mightily in the opening round, as the Razorbacks had no score better than 76 and also had to count an 81. … Playing on its home course, 16th-ranked Oklahoma State got off to a steady, unspectacular start, with a 10-over 298. … Phaewchimplee, a freshman, shot a bogey-free 65 on a day when more than 40 players in the field shot in the 80s (or worse). She has the individual lead by three shots over Alabama’s Emma Talley.
West Regional, at Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum, Wash.:
Leader: USC (-4)
Second place: Washington (E)
Individual leader: Kyung Kim, USC (-6)
Rest of the top 8: Arizona State (+1); Texas A&M (+2), Michigan State and Oklahoma (+3); Iowa State and UC Davis (+12)
Work to do: Northwestern and Clemson (+14); Wake Forest (+16); Oregon (+23)
Skinny: The top-ranked Trojans, who already have eight victories this season, are seeking their NCAA-best 10th regional win and fifth in a row. … A lot of chalk on Day 1, as all four of the regional’s top-12 teams are fifth or better after the opening round. … Clemson was the only top-15 team to sit outside the top 10 after the first round; standout freshman Ashlan Ramsay struggled during an opening 78. … Park, a sophomore, made five birdies on her closing nine to shoot 66 and take the individual lead by one. The fourth-ranked player in the country, she is vying for her third win of the season.