On an odd weather day when strong winds and steady rain dominated the morning rounds and subsided in the afternoon, the Bruins fought par and carved out a team score of 11-over par 299. Alabama and California were tied for first place at 295 (+7), followed by Florida and Kent State one shot back at 296 (+8). Host Oklahoma State was alone in fifth at 10-over 298. The Bruins were tied with Minnesota.
Individually, freshman Bronte Law led the Bruins with a first-round score of 73 (+1). Law’s round featured birdies at the ninth and 18th holes and three bogeys. Sophomore Louise Riddeerstrom and freshman Alison Lee were next in a tie for 25th with scores of 75 (+3). Ridderstrom battled back from a four-over par 40 on the outward nine to a one-under par 35 on the inward side, while Lee had no birdies and three bogeys. Junior Erynne Lee was tied for 41st after posting a 76 (+4) and senior Ani Gulugian was tied for 55th after signing for a 77 (+5).
Kent State’s Wad Phaewhichimplee held the first round lead after firing an opening-round 65 (-7).
After 54 holes of stroke play, the top eight teams advance at each of the three regional tournaments to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club.
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