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Morgan leads Athens Regional

Furman’s Anna Morgan gets ready to roll in an eagle putt on her third hole at the NCAA Athens Regional, Morgan would finish the first round at 4-under par with the outright lead going into the second round, (Furman Photo)

An eagle and chip in birdie in your first four holes is not a bad way to start play in an NCAA Regional.

Furman’s Anna Morgan got to three under par early in her first round to keep her at or near the top of the leader board for the opening round at the NCAA Athens Regional.

“I got a couple of good breaks and tried to take advantage of those,” said Morgan, “With the eagle and chip in birdie I got off to a hot start and then was able to play steady the rest of the way,” said the SoCon golfer of the year.

Morgan’s opening round 4-uder par 68 earned her a 1-shot lead over Georgia golfers Jenny Bae and Loralie Cowart.

A birdie on her final hole lifted her out of a tie with the two Bulldog golfers and into the solo lead going into the second round.

“It was a good way to end the round. I definitely had a couple of hiccups coming in, but I was still able to play smart and take advantage of the birdie opportunities I had,” she said.

As a team the Lady Paladins are in the hunt for one of the spots to qualify for the NCAA Finals.

Furman is tied for sixth with the 2021 National champions from Ole’ Miss.

The top five teams and the low individual on a non-advancing team will play for the national championship at Grayhawk in Arizona.

Last year Morgan advanced to the NCAA finals as one of the top finisher in her region and went on to claim ninth place in the national championship.

Georgia leads the team competition wih Ohio State second and South Carolina in third place.

Scores from the NCAA Athens Regional https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=28077

Anderson tied for first at NCAA DII South Regional

The Anderson Trojans and top ranked Lynn University share the lead after the first round ot the NCAA DII South Regional in Gainesville, Georgia.

The two teams finished the first day at 9-over par to lead the rest of the field by 3 shots.

Anderson’s Jessica Rathbone is tied for fourth place, one shot out of a three-way tie for first place.

Among the individual leaders is Limestone’s Maria Morales who shot an even par 72 on the Chattahoochee Golf Club course.

Limestone’s Maria Morales is one of three golfers tied for the individual first round lead at the NCAA DII South Regional, (Limestone Photo)

The Limestone team is tied for fourth with Lander also in contention for one of the spots to advance to the national championship. The Bearcats are sixth with Hannah Stephenson leading the Saints with a sixth place tie.

Scores form the NCAA DII South Regional https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=27714

Clemson seventh at the Pullman Regional

The Tigers posted a solid 3-under par opening round at the Pullman Washington regional, but the top ranked team in the country was leaving most of the field well behind.

Stanford, ranked number one, shot a 21 under par round of 267 to hold a 5-shot lead over Southern Cal after the first round.

The number one player in the country Stanford’s Rose Zhang and her teammate Sadie Engleman each shot rounds of 8-under par to help put the very low number on the scoreboard.

Clemson sophomore Maria Barrientos shot a 5-under 67 to lead the Tigers in the first round of the Pullman Regional. (GolfClub File Photo_

As in all the Regions this year, Clemson is competing for one of five qualifying spots to advance to the national championship.

After the first round, the Tigers are two shots behind the teams tied for the last advancing spot.

Melena Barrientos led the Clemson team in the first round. The Tiger’s sophomore shot a 5-under par 67 to be alone in eighth place, only three shots behind the leader.

Scores from the Pulman Regional https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=28078

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