USC Beaufort

USCB women off to rough start at NAIA meet

Tough conditions and a long, difficult course made for a rough first day for the USC Beaufort women's golf team at the NAIA National Championship at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.

The Sand Sharks posted a team score of 340 on Tuesday in a round that was disrupted by a delay of about three hours because of heavy rain.

Only 12 of the 25 teams completed their rounds. Of those 12, the Sand Sharks rank 11th.

The clubhouse leaders are California Baptist, which posted a team score of 319, two shots better than British Columbia and four ahead of Sun Conference champion Northwood.

Sophie Henke led USCB with a 6-over-par 79, followed by Adriana Saavedra with an 85, Phyllis Langley at 87 and Sun Conference individual champion Kelli Nakano at 89. Freshman Kendra Collins rounded out the lineup with a 90.

Henke is tied for 11th among the players who finished their rounds. British Columbia's Kylie Barros posted the best score of the day with an even-par 73.

The Sand Sharks are scheduled to tee off beginning at 1:50 p.m. in today's second round.