USC Beaufort in third place after opening round of The Sun Conference Women's Golf Championships at Oldfield Golf Club

info@islandpacket.comApril 23, 2013 

From wire reports

OKATIE-- Top-ranked SCAD Savannah tops a crowded leaderboard after the first round of The Sun Conference Women's Golf Championships.

The Bees posted a team score of 312 to take a nine-shot lead Monday at Oldfield Golf Club.

No. 7 Embry-Riddle is second at 321, one shot ahead of No. 13 USC Beaufort and two shots clear of No. 10 Northwood. Webber International is fifth at 335, followed by Warner at 366.

Sophomore Samantha O' Donnell led the way for USCB with a 78, putting her in a tie for fourth. Sophomore Tori DeGroodt and junior Kendra Collins are tied for 10th after shooting 81, senior Phyllis Langley is tied for 16th at 82 and senior Kelli Nakano is tied for 22nd with an 85.

The Bees fired a solid score considering the blustery conditions -- claiming the top three spots on the individual leaderboard -- as winds of more than 25 mph made the Greg Norman layout play difficult.

Defending individual champion Alazne Urizar carded a 3-over-par 75 on the 5,978-yard track to put herself in position to repeat as champion, but the sophomore only has a one-shot lead over teammate Andrea Perez and a two-shot cushion over Sofia Molinaro.

O'Donnell and Embry-Riddle's Connie Pitenis are tied for fourth after shooting 6-over 78, and Webber International's Savanna Fisher is sixth at 79.

The final round is scheduled for today with players starting on the first and 10th tees beginning at 8 a.m.

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