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BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. – University of Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis is tied for second overall after first round action at the Bryan National Collegiate Friday.
Lewis fired a two-under 70 and is in a three-way tie for the second-place spot. College of Charleston’s Steffi Kirchmayr leads the field at three-under with an opening round 69 on the par 72, 6,384-yard Players Course at Bryan National Park.
The 11th-ranked Lady Razorbacks are ninth overall shooting a 305 in the first round. Arkansas is 11 strokes out of the lead trailing top-ranked Duke who opened with a six-over 294.
“Stacy played a tremendous round of golf today,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “She was really solid and made quite a few birdies. It was tough out there. The greens were really hard and difficult to get the shots close to but Stacy did a great job today.”
Arkansas freshman Kelli Shean and junior Lucy Nunn are tied for 42nd overall with a 78, followed by teammate Alex Schulte who is tied for 55th with a 79. Sophomore Kristin Ingram rounds out Arkansas’ scores with a nine-over 81 and is tied for 69th.
“If we can get a few putts to drop and improve our scoring on the par fives we’ll move up the leader board,” said Estes-Taylor. “I think it was an OK start for us but there is definitely room for some improvement. The more we play the golf course the better we’ll get on it and there is room for use to move up in the next days.”
Duke’s 294 led the field. Fifth-ranked Florida is second with a 298 followed by No. 37 North Carolina with a 300, No. 8 Auburn with a 301 and No. 24 Virginia, No. 43 Furman and No. 36 North Carolina State all tied for fifth with 302.
Number 21 Michigan State stands just one stroke ahead of Arkansas with a 304 and the Lady’Backs lead No. 10 Wake Forest who is 10th overall with a 306. The rest of the field is paced by No. 18 Tennessee (307) ahead of No. 34 Florida State (308), College of Charleston (309), No. 28 TEC (310), North Carolina-Greensboro (314), No. 32 South Carolina (321), North Carolina-Wilmington (322) and Penn State (335).
Play continues with the second and third rounds Saturday and Sunday. For more information about Arkansas golf, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.