GAINESVILLE, FLA. – Sophomore Stephanie Carlozzi (+2) fired a 72 to tie for seventh Friday in the opening day of the 42nd Annual SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational at the par 70 6,002 yard Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.
Carlozzi, who notched a birdie on No. 6, finished the opening round just three strokes behind leader Karolina Vickova of Florida, who shot a 69 in Friday's round.
Paladin sophomore Valentina Romero (+4) carded a 74 in the first round to tie for 25th place, while freshman Taylor Totland (+10) tied for 65th place after recording an 80 in Friday's round. Junior Laura Demarco (+11), who birdied the opening hole, finished the opening round tied with senior Aubrie Street (+11) for 67th place after the Furman duo each tallied an 81 for the day.
#30 Ohio State (+12) and #42 Florida State (+12)each registered a 292 to lead the team competition following one day of play, just one stroke ahead of Penn State (+13). #12 Arizona (+14) and #29 Virginia (+14) are tied for fourth, while Furman (+27) is in 12th place following one round of competition.
"Today was really a struggle," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester following Tuesday's play. "The golf course played pretty tough. Stephanie and Valentina were able to post solid rounds, but the others had trouble managing their games."
The Paladins tee off of No. 10 beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The 54-hole tournament will conclude with a shot gun start at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and fans are welcome. Live scoring of each round will be available at www.golfstat.com.
12 Furman 307 +27
T7 Stephanie Carlozzi 72 +2
T25 Valentina Romero 74 +4
T65 Taylor Totland 80 +10
T67 Aubrie Street 81 +11
T67 Laura DeMarco 81 +11