Oct. 12, 2012
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The UAB women’s golf team concluded round one of the three-round LPGA Xavier Invitational at the LPGA International Golf Course on Friday, led by sophomore Margaret Yeh who picked up right where she left off in the season opener nearly one month ago.
Yeh, who turned in her first-ever top 10 finish in her last time out at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate, fired an 8-over 80 on the par-72, 6,178-yard course to place tied for 23rd after round one. She was followed by junior Caitlin Watts and senior Lindsey Gipson who both tied for 37th after carding a 10-over 82.
As a team, the Blazers completed the first round of the three-round event in 11th place, tallying 329 strokes. Florida Gulf Coast leads the field with a 310 on day one, followed by Xavier in second with 311, and Old Dominion and Mercer in a tie for third with 312.
“Obviously, it was kind of rough day,” head coach Kim Wilcox said. “The wind picked up and we just got into some trouble early. We’re just planning on going out and taking control of it tomorrow. The girls said ‘the course beat us today, but we’re going to go out and beat the course tomorrow’, so that’s a good thing.”
UAB ranked fifth in the field in par-5 scoring, averaging 5.50 strokes on each par-5. Robinson led that effort by tying for the best average par-5 score in the field at 4.75.
The Blazers will return to the course for round two on Saturday, and will be paired with Louisiana-Monroe and South Dakota State. The tournament resumes with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. CT.