PINEHURST, NC –– The Tulsa women’s golf team sits in a first-place tie after the opening round of the 54-hole American Athletic Conference Championships Sunday at the par-72 Pinehurst No. 6 Course.
Tulsa shot a 5-over par 293 as did the UCF Knights to share the first-round lead. Tulsa’s Lorena Tseng and Taylor Dobson carded even par rounds of 72 on the day to sit in a five-way tie for third place.
Tulsa and UCF hold a three-stroke lead over tournament favorite and the nation’s 20th-ranked Houston Cougars. The defending champion scored a round of 296 today, while East Carolina (298) and South Florida (301) round out the top five teams.
After bogey’s on her first two holes, the junior Tseng settled down with even pars the remainder of the first nine holes and turned in birdie putts on the par-4 14th and the par-4 17th holes for her even par score.
Dobson, a senior from Broken Arrow, Okla., bogeyed the first hole as well, but quickly evened her score with a second hole birdie. She ended the first nine holes at 1-under par after birdies on holes 5 and 7 sandwiched a bogey on the par-5 6th hole. Dobson had an adventurous second nine on the day with bogeys on holes, 11, 12, 17 and 18 and three straight birdie putts on holes 14, 15 and 16.
Lilly Thomas is in 11th place with a 2-over par 74 and Haley Greb’s 3-over par 75 was Tulsa’s final countable score as she sits in 17th place heading into Monday’s second round. Freshman Titita Loudtragulngam turned in a round of 80 and sits in 34th place in the field of 50 participants.
ECU’s Dorthea Forbrigd and Memphis’ Abby Hermann are tied for individual medalist honors after turning in opening round scores of 1-under 71.
Second round action takes place on Monday and the final 18 holes will be played Tuesday.
- Tulsa 293
- UCF 293
- Houston 296
- East Carolina 298
- South Florida 301
- SMU 302
- Memphis 303
- Tulane 306
- Wichita State 323
- Cincinnati 326
T3. Lorena Tseng 72 (E)
T3. Taylor Dobson 72 (E)
T11. Lilly Thomas 74 (+2)
T17. Haley Greb 75 (+3)
T34. Titita Loudtragulngam 80 (+8)
TOP-5 INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
T1. Dorthea Forbrigd, ECU 71 (-1)
T1. Abby Hermann, Memphis 71 (-1)
T3. Lorena Tseng, Tulsa 72 (E)
T3. Taylor Dobson, Tulsa 72 (E)
T3. Ana Laura Collado, UCF 72 (E)
T3. Melanie Green, USF 72 (E)
T3. Anne Norman, Houston 72 (E)