DAHLONEGA, GA - A pair of back nine surges on Tuesday afternoon have Lindsey Solberg/Caroline Power of Michigan State and Heather Lott/Liz Breed of the University of Kentucky atop the leaderboard on the opening day at the 2nd Annual Hooters Women's Collegiate Team Championship at Achasta, By Reynolds
During the opening round alternate shot format, the Spartan duo of Solberg/Powers tallied four birdies on the back nine to vault to a tie for first place with Kentucky's Lott/Breed who carded a four-under-par 68 to force a deadlock and a tie for the low round of the day.
The University of Virginia's Elizabeth Brightwell/Portland Rosen found themselves in trouble on their final hole of the day before settling for a double bogey finishing a shot off the pace with a three-under-par 69.
The University of Mississippi's Haley Sanders/Katherine Fowler finished the day with a two-under-par 70, while Kristin Coleman/Jennifer Coleman from the University of Colorado rounded out the players under par with a one-under-par 71 to hold sole possession of fifth place.
North Georgia's duo of Casey Truelove and Erica Breeden found themselves in the middle of the pack during the front nine of the opening round, sitting at two-over-par through six holes, but a five-over-par stretch sent the pair to a 22-over-par finish for the day and sole possession of 54th place overall.
In the race for the NCAA Division II low round of the day, Tarleton State University's Katy Ward/Sarah Fulfer held a one shot lead over a pair of schools, while in the NCAA Division III race, Central College's Sarah Paulson/Ali Miller ran away from the field at three-over-par, edging Taylor Beaty/Kelly Gaughan from DePauw University by eight strokes.
All 54 teams return to action on Wednesday morning for the second day of the Hooters Collegiate Team Championship with tee times set to begin at 8:00 a.m. playing in a best ball format. The Lady Saints will start their day two journey on the 10th tee at 9:48 a.m. and will be paired with Wittenberg University.
About the National Golf Coaches Association
The National Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents nearly 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.
About Hooters of America
Hooters of America, Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 455 Hooters restaurants in 44 states and 22 foreign countries. The first Hooters opened in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida. Hooters is well-known for its brand of food and fun, featuring a casual beach-theme atmosphere, a menu that features seafood, sandwiches and Hooters nearly world famous chicken wings. For more information about Hooters visit www.hooters.com.
Achasta By Reynolds is brought to you by the creators of Reynolds Plantation in Oconee, Georgia. Located along the banks of the Chestatee River Achasta embraces its bucolic setting and the rich outdoor lifestyle that the location affords its members. The challenging yet playable layout navigates back and forth across the Chestatee while providing a scenic Appalachian backdrop. Situated in a picturesque valley, this 18-hole, 6,995-yard design encourages walking, allowing you to enjoy the game in its purest form. The resort style community also features walking trails, clubhouse, pro shop, practice facilities, tennis courts and a swimming pool along with other outdoor activities. Achasta's strong emphasis on natural amenities and environmental preservation has earned it an Audubon Certification for its Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.