BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – It took nearly six and a half hours to complete the opening round of the BSC Southern Shootout Sunday as nearly 125 golfers from 22 teams hit the links at the Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala. The North Georgia College & State University women's golf team wrapped up the grueling first round in 12th place with a team stroke count of 315.
Sophomore Abbey Gill led the way for the Saints with an opening 77, placing her in a tie for 33rd spot. Gill carded a 38 on the front nine holes and followed that up with a 39 on the back nine.
Junior Casey Truelove and freshman Mariana Pelaez finished the opening round in a tie for 45th place with matching 79's. Both improved on the back nine as Truelove started with a 41 before carding a 38 while Pelaez recorded a 40 followed by a 39.
Senior Catalina Olarte carded an 80 on the opening 18 to sit tied for 54th place heading into Monday's round.
Lee University currently leads the field with a 12 over par 292 led by two golfers in the top-five. Washington University – St. Louis is currently second and eight strokes back.
The current individual leader is Emily Javadi from Sewanee as she carded a two under par 68 to lead the Tigers who currently sit in 19th place.
The tournament resumes this morning with a shotgun start that features two groupings at every hole except for the Par 3's.