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Oct. 17, 2014

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 2 South Carolina carded an 11-over 295 in the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship hosted by the University of Tennessee at the Cherokee Country Club on Friday. The Gamecocks finished the day in fourth place, six strokes behind first-round leader Kent State (+5).

Freshman Nanna Madsen led the team with a 1-over 72 to finish the day tied for fifth. Behind Madsen is senior Justine Dreher in a tie for 13th after shooting a 73 (+2). Madsen and Dreher were the only Gamecocks to record more than one birdie in the first round with the freshman posting three and the senior carding two.

Sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh will start the second round in 16th place after a 3-over 74 while junior Mary Fran Hillow’s 5-over 76 has her in 33rd. Sophomore Jia Xin Yang was the drop score for the day with a 10-over 81.

Kent State is leading the tournament after the first round at 5-over (289), with Louisville (+9), UCF (+10), the Gamecocks (+11) within striking distance. Rounding out the top five is Denver and Missouri in a tie for fifth (+13) after the first day of competition.

Furman’s Taylor Totland is leading the individual race at 1-under. Three golfers – Louisville’s Laura Restrepo, Missouri’s Alina Rogers and Kent State’s Wad Phaewchimplee – are tied for third at even par.


Freshman Nanna Madsen carded three of the Gamecocks’ seven birdies.


  • The Gamecocks started the day on the 10th and holed five birdies before making the turn where they carded just two.
  • South Carolina posted 56 pars, third best of the day.
  • This weekend’s 16-team field features four top-25 teams and three SEC programs.

UP NEXT The Gamecocks continue the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate tomorrow morning with the second round. Live scoring will be available at

SOUTH CAROLINA RESULTS T5. Nanna Madsen 72 (+1)
T13. Justine Dreher 73 (+2)
T16. Katelyn Dambaugh 74 (+3)
T33. Mary Fran Hillow 76 (+5)
T71. Jia Xin Yang 81 (+10)

TEAM STANDINGS 1. Kent State 289 (+5)
2. Louisville 293 (+9)
3. UCF 294 (+10)
4. South Carolina 295 (+11)
T5. Missouri 297 (+13)
T5. Denver 297 (+13)
7. Furman 299 (+15)
8. Notre Dame 300 (+16)
9. Tennessee 301 (+17)
10. Wisconsin 304 (+20)
11. College of Charleston 306 (+22)
12. Michigan 311 (+27)
T13. Penn State 317 (+33)
T13. East Tennessee State 317 (+33)
T13. Chattanooga 317 (+33)
16. Eastern Kentucky 324 (+40)