UNCW's Adams, JMU Dukes After First Day of NCAA Regionals
UNCW'S LORI BETH ADAMS - CENTRAL REGIONAL
Junior Lori Beth Adams matched her career low with a three-under-par 69 to claim a share of third place in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional Thursday at the Jimmy Austin OU Golf Club.
Adams posted her eighth round of par or lower this season with the three-under-par score and matched her low collegiate round, established during the final round of the JMU Eagle Landing Invitational on March 10. Her opening round total also represents the second lowest single-round score for a UNCW golfer in postseason play.
Adams, who hit 12 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation during the opening round, is one of six players tied for third as a total of 25 golfers were in the red Thursday on the par 72, 6,296-yard layout. Emily Collins of Oklahoma holds the individual lead after posting a five-under-par 67 Thursday on the host Sooners home course. Florida’s Elcin Ulu is one shot back of Collins in second with a Thursday total of 68.
Making her third straight NCAA Regional appearance, Adams showed no nerves on the 365-yard opening hole, sticking her approach shot from 130 yards out to six inches for a tap-in birdie.
Adams followed her birdie on the first hole with back-to-back pars before draining an 18-foot birdie putt on the fourth and a 13-foot birdie attempt on the fifth to move to three-under-par.
The Burlington, N.C., native continued her torrid pace on the front nine, birdying both the eighth and ninth holes to make the turn atop the leaderboard with front-nine total of 31.
A bogy on each of the first two holes of the back nine moved Adams to three under while a successful 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th put her back at four under. She would move once again to three under with a bogey on the 16th before closing out the round with pars on the final two holes to complete her opening round 69.
The second round of the 2013 NCAA Central Regional gets underway Friday at 8:30 EST. Adams, who will once again be paired with fellow individual competitors Fanny Cnops (UNCG) and Emma Henrikson (San Diego State), will begin her round on the No. 10 tee at 1:45 p.m. EST.
JAMES MADISON WOMEN'S GOLF - EAST REGIONAL
Making its first appearance in the NCAA Regionals since 2005, the James Madison women’s golf is currently in 22nd after the first round of the 2013 NCAA East Regional, May 9. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the Auburn University Club (Par 72 – 6,259 yards) in Auburn, Ala.
Playing in the afternoon wave in the final pairings, the Dukes posted a 28-over 316 and are currently in 22nd, as 17 of the 24 teams in the field are ranked in Golfstat’s top 50 nationally. No. 2 Alabama is the opening round leader at 11-under 277, six shots ahead of No. 5 Arkansas and No. 20 Tulane at 5-under 283, as those three are the only squads under par. No. 8 UCLA is fourth at even-par 288 with No. 23 Texas rounding out the top five teams at 1-over 289. The top eight teams and two individuals on non-advancing teams from each regional move on to the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Nikola Wessels (Muenster, Germany/Marienschule Muenster) is the top player for JMU through 18 holes, as Wessels shot a 5-under 77, more than four shots less than her season scoring average, and is currently tied for 70th. Junior Ginger Mak (North Point, Hong Kong/The International School of Macao) and sophomore Maria Andrea Legaspi (Quezon City, Philippines/St. Paul College-Pasig) are two shots back of their teammate at 7-over 79 in a tie for 95th. Freshman Karishma Thiagaraj (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) is next at 9-over 81 in a tie for 109th, while sophomore Shabril Brewer (Herndon, Va./Westfield) completes the Madison effort at 10-over 82 in a tie for 116th. The struggle for the Dukes was big numbers today, as they had six double-bogeys or worse on the day and managed just a combined six birdies.
Alabama’s Emma Talley, Tennessee’s Erica Popson and Emma Lavy of Arkansas are tied for the opening round lead at 5-under 67, one shot better than Emily Penttila of Tulane, Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow and Jackie Change of North Carolina.
JMU will go off in the early wave tomorrow, teeing off No. 1 starting at 8:25 CDT and playing with Alabama State and Eastern Kentucky.