Auburn starts strong, opens NCAA championship in top five

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – There would be no slow start for Auburn women’s golf at the NCAA Championship this year. The Tigers started with a 296 (+8) on Friday, a solid first-round score that puts them tied for fourth after one day.

‘A respectable start,’ Auburn head coach said Melissa Luellen mentioned. “We had this little monkey on our backs from last year when we played so badly on the first day. It was a small win. It wasn’t the best day we wanted, but it wasn’t a terrible day. We threw a few shots there, but they also landed a lot of good shots.”

The Tigers were among the first teams to tee off on Friday and played their best golf in the front nine with a total of 11 birdies. They were 2 under after nine holes.

Six of those 11 birdies came from Kaleigh Telfer and Megan Schofill which paved the way for Auburn to tie for the inning. The duo had three birdies apiece in the front nine, then the two closed the day with a fourth birdie on the No. 18. They are tied for sixth individually.

“I was happy for Meg and Telf,” Luellen said. “Both had double bogeys, and they were able to draw even and fight to get it back. Hats off to them.”

Anna Foster and Mychael O’Berry are tied for 55th in the standings after both players shot 76 (+4) on Friday. Foster birdied on two of his first five holes while O’Berry birdied three in the round, including a long birdie putt on the ninth hole.

Second year Elina Sinz carded a 79 (+7) in the first round and is tied for 100th.

No team finished under par at Grayhawk Golf Club on day one. Stanford had the best round at 1-over (289), followed by Texas A&M (292), UCLA (295), Auburn (296), LSU (296), Florida State (296), Oregon (297), Alabama ( 298), USC (298) and Mississippi State (299) to round out the top 10.

Auburn will be part of the second wave of teams to play Saturday, starting the second round at 1:41 p.m. CT, and will again be paired with Arkansas and Texas A&M. Live scores are available on Golfstat.com.

Team Ranking
1. Stanford – 289 (+1)
2. Texas A&M – 292 (+4)
3. UCLA – 295 (+7)
T4. Auburn- 296 (+8)
T4. USL – 296 (+8)
T4. Florida State – 296 (+8)
7. Oregon – 297 (+9)
T8. Alabama- 298 (+10)
T8. USC – 298 (+10)
10. Mississippi State – 299 (+11)
11. TCU – 300 (+12)
T12. Wake Forest – 301 (+13)
T12. Michigan- 301 (+13)
T12. Purdue- 301 (+13)
T12. Baylor- 301 (+13)
16. Arizona State – 302 (+14)
17. Georgia – 303 (+15)
18. Virginia – 304 (+16)
19.Texas – 305 (+17)
20. South Carolina – 306 (+18)
T21. Oklahoma State – 307 (+19)
T21. San Jose State – 307 (+19)
T21. Arkansas- 307 (+19)
24. Vanderbilt- 308 (+20)

Auburn Individuals
T6. Kaleigh Telfer – 72 (E)
T6. Megan Schofill – 72 (E)
T56. Anna Foster –76 (+4)
T56. Mychael O’Berry –76 (+4)
T100. Elina Sinz –79 (+7)

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