April 4, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - The Coastal Carolina University women's golf team opened the Ole Miss-hosted Rebel Intercollegiate in fine fashion, shooting a 4-over 292 at the par-72, 6,313-yard Ole Miss Golf Course.
The Chanticleers, who enter the tournament as the defending champions, are tied for second with 43rd-ranked East Tennessee State as both are six strokes back of 32nd-ranked GRU Augusta (286). Texas State (293) is fourth followed by a three-way tie for fifth amongst No. 33 Tulane, Kennesaw State and Harvard each of which posted 294 tallies. Other ranked teams in the field include No. 27 Kentucky (296) in eighth and No. 44 Notre Dame (303) in 13th.
Three of Coastal's four scorers finished in the top 15 of the 96-competitor field over the opening round and the Chants' fourth scorer was inside the top 40. Moreover, the Chanticleer contingent counted 13 birdies on the day.
Coastal was led on the day by veteran Frida Castillo, who is tied for sixth on the individual leaderboard after posting a career-best tying round of 71. Castillo played her front nine 1-over after posting a birdie on her opening hole. She was two over through 12 holes, but counted birdies on 13, 15 and 17 to finish the round at 1-under.
Emee Herbert and Marissa Hinchman are tied for 15th overall after posting matching 1-over 73 rounds. Herbert started the day with birdies on each of her first three holes and followed with another birdie on five to make the turn at 4-under. However, she was hampered by five bogeys over holes 10-16, leading to her 73. Hinchman benefited from three birdies on the front nine, sending her to the 10th tee box at 1-over. The sophomore moved to 2-over with a bogey on 11, but got the stroke back with a birdie on 16 before finishing her round with a pair of pars.
Lena Schaeffner posted a 3-over 75, tying for 39th after 18 holes of play. Schaeffner was 1-over through her first nine holes, but moved back to even with a birdie putt on 10. She pared five of her next six holes, but bogeys on 13, 17 and 18 sent her to the clubhouse 3-over.
Bailey Cocca shot a 5-over 77 to tie for 56th overall. The sophomore played par golf on the front nine, but ran into trouble on the back, posting three bogeys and a double-bogey.
With inclement weather forecasted in the Oxford area on Sunday, the event will conclude with 36 holes of continuous play on Saturday.