The University of South Carolina Beaufort women's golf team found itself in the middle of the pack after the first round of the NAIA National Championship on Tuesday at Link Hills Golf and Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.
The Sand Sharks, led by Adriana Saavedra, had a team score of 22-over-par 314. That left USCB tied for 14th place out of 28 teams, but only 16 shots behind tournament leader Shorter College.
Shorter's Pauline Schoop is tied for the individual lead with Thomas University's Jessica Macphee after a 2-under 71. Shorter had a score of 298, followed by Lubbock Christian at 301, Oklahoma Christian at 302 and William Woods at 303.
Saavedra had a 2-over 75, which was tied for 16th. Victoria DeGroodt was next for the Sand Sharks with a 79, Phyllis Langley and Kelli Nakano shot opening-round 80s, and Kendra Collins was at 9-over 82.
Three of the Sand Sharks' Sun Conference neighbors are ahead of them after the first day, with Northwood (304) tied for fifth, Embry-Riddle (308) tied for eighth and SCAD Savannah (310) tied for 11th place.