May 6, 2010
Greenville, N.C. -- Junior Stefanie Kenoyer fired an even-par 72 to lead Furman on the opening day of the NCAA East Regional at the par-72, 6,321-yard Ironwood Country Club on Thursday afternoon.
Starting at No. 10, Kenoyer shot a one-under 35 on the back nine before recording two bogeys and a birdie on the front side to finish the opening round in a tie with 12 other golfers for 30th position after 18 holes in the 54-hole tournament. Furman struggled to a 17-over 305 in round one to share 20th place with the Washington Huskies. Freshman Laura Wearn posted the second best score of the day for Furman carding a four-over par 76. Liz Wendt posted a 77 while Alexa Rancourt and Jackie Hilea both shot 80 in round one.
Fourth-ranked Auburn fired an eight-under 280 to grab a one-stroke lead on Pepperdine and three-stroke edge on South Carolina and Tennessee. Florida, Tulane, East Tennessee State and Texas Tech rounded out the top eight through 18 holes. Only the top eight in the 24-team field will advance to play in the NCAA Championship which will be held at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.
Nina Muehl of ETSU raced into the first round lead and a three-stroke lead by shooting an eight-under 64 on Thursday. Katie Burnett of South Carolina is tied for second along with Danielle Kang and Jessica Wallace of Pepperdine. All three golfers posted a five-under 67 during opening round play.
Second round action is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday with the final round set to get underway on Saturday morning. Furman, playing with Campbell and ETSU, will tee-off on the front nine beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Live scoring of the NCAA East Regional is available at www.golfstat.com or by logging onto www.furmanpaladins.com.
T20 Furman 305
T30 Stefanie Kenoyer 72
T81 Laura Wearn 76
T94 Liz Wendt 77
T112 Alexa Rancourt 80
T112 Jackie Hilea 80