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Sept. 20, 2013


The South Carolina women’s golf team shot a 5-under 279 on Friday to finish in first place after round one of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship hosted by the University of Tennessee.

After round one at the Cherokee Country Club South Carolina holds a three-stroke lead over second place Arkansas as the Razorbacks posted a 282 (-2). Louisville ended the day in third place with a score of 283 (-1).

Four Gamecocks finished the day under par including freshman Katelyn Dambaugh who carded the low round of the day shooting a 3-under 68, which is a new career best. Dambaugh is currently in a tie for first on the individual leaderboard along with UCF’s Fanny Cnops. The native of Goose Creek, S.C. recorded an eagle, four birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on the day.

Senior Samantha Swinehart posted a 2-under 69 to conclude the day in a tie for third. Swinehart tallied four birdies and two bogeys in the opening round.

Sophomores Mary Fran Hillow and Sarah Schmelzel, who competed as an individual, finished next on the leaderboard in a tie for eighth. Both Gamecocks shot 70 (-1), Hillow registered four birdies and three bogeys and Schmelzel had two birdies and a bogey.

Senior Suzie Lee ended the day in a tie for 19th after shooting 1-over 72. Lee recorded an eagle, two birdies, a bogey and double bogeys on the day.

Junior Justine Dreher carded a 2-over 73 to finish round one in a tie for 33rd. Dreher tallied two birdies and four bogeys on the day.

Behind Dambaugh and Cnops four other golfers are in a tie along with Swinehart for third place.

Second round play is scheduled to begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring will be available here.

South Carolina Results

Katelyn Dambaugh (4) 68 (-3)

Samantha Swinehart (2) 69 (-2)

Mary Fran Hillow (5) 70 (-1)

Suzie Lee (3) 72 (+1)

Justine Dreher (1) 73 (+2)

*Sarah Schmelzel 70 (-1)

*Competed as an individual

Team Standings

1. South Carolina 279 (-5)

2. Arkansas 282 (-2)

3. Louisville 283 (-1)

4. Tennessee 285 (+1)

5. UCF 286 (+2)

6. Tulane 290 (+6)

T7. Penn State 292 (+8)

T7. Chattanooga 292 (+8)

9. Miss. State 293 (+9)

10. Mississippi 294 (+10)

11. Michigan 296 (+12)

T12. Campbell 298 (+14)

T12. Notre Dame 298 (+14)

T12. Rollins College 298 (+14)

T15. UTSA 299 (+15)

T15. Missouri 299 (+15)

17. College of Charleston 301 (+17)