BRADENTON, FLA. -- Furman sophomore Taylor Totland (+11) shot an 83 Friday in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships at the par 72, 6,468 yard The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
Totland, a native of Tinton Falls, N.J., was one-over after seven holes but faltered with a nine on the par-four No. 8 and was unable to recover until the end of the round, where she parred three out of her four final holes and scored a birdie on No. 17.
"It was a tough day today for Taylor," said Furman head coach Kelley Hester, who is in her third year at the helm of the Paladin program. "The course set up was challenging, and the margin for error was small. She had the big number on No. 8 and never quite recovered. Overall, she hit a bunch of high quality shots but struggled with her putting and had a few unforced errors."
The competitors who teed off in the morning, including Totland, were able to complete the round, but the afternoon round, which began half an hour late due to inclement weather, was suspended once mid-afternoon for an hour due to lightning. When play was suspended for a second time due to lightning at 6:45 p.m., the decision was made to complete the round on Saturday morning.
Mariah Stackhouse (-4) of Stanford leads the field at four-under through 12 holes. In the team competition, 13th-ranked Stanford (+3) is atop the leader board after 14 holes. No. 4 Duke (+5) completed the round and is in second place, while No. 18 Baylor (+7) is third after 14 holes. Top-ranked Southern California (+9) completed the round in fourth place, while No. 5 Arizona (+12) is in fifth place after finishing the first round.
Hosted by the University of South Florida, the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships feature teams and student-athletes who advanced from NCAA Regional Qualifying competing in an individual stroke-play format over 72 holes Friday-Monday, with the top eight teams qualifying at the conclusion of play for the team match-play tournament Tuesday and Wednesday.
Live coverage will be provided by the Golf Channel beginning on Monday, May 25. Live stats of the entire competition will be available at www.golfstat.com.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information