The USC Beaufort women's golf team got off to a rough start Tuesday at the NAIA Women's Golf National Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
The ninth-ranked Sand Sharks posted a team score of 342 in the first round and are in 24th place among 27 teams, but they still have plenty of time to make up ground with three rounds left to play.
Junior Samantha O'Donnell (Hilton Head Island) and sophomore Lina Sekerkova led the way for USCB with rounds of 11-over-par 83 and are tied for 66th. Junior Tori DeGroodt shot 86 and is tied for 101st, senior Kendra Collins (90) is tied for 121st and sophomore Hayley Miller (92) is tied for 134th in the 144-player field.
Defending champion Oklahoma City shot 302 to take a two-shot lead over top-ranked SCAD Savannah. Bri LaFoca of Northwood (Fla.) carded the low round of the day at 1-under 71 and has a one-shot advantage over a group of four players at even par.
The Sand Sharks get an early start Wednesday, beginning the second round on the first tee at 8:20 a.m.