Oct. 24, 2014
WILMINGTON, N.C. – No. 1 South Carolina is 10 strokes back in a tie for 12th after shooting a 5-over 293 in the first round of the Landfall Tradition at the Country Club of Landfall on Friday. Freshman Nanna Madsen, the individual medalist at last weekend’s Mercedes-Benz Collegiate, leads the individuals after matching the tournament record with a 6-under 66.
On No. 18, Madsen holed the second eagle of the season for South Carolina and finished the day with a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead into the second round of the tournament. In addition to her eagle, Madsen also carded four birdies.
Sophomore Katleyn Dambaugh returned to the lineup after withdrawing at last weekend’s event due to injury. Dambaugh finished the day at 2-over (74) thanks to a pair of birdies after the turn and is tied for 36th. Senior Justine Dreher is just behind at 3-over (75). Dreher salvaged her round after making the turn at 6-over, going bogey-free and recording three birdies.
Purdue sits atop the leaderboard after shooting a 5-under 283. Wake Forest is in second at 2-under (286), with Florida at even par in third and UCF in fourth (+1). Three teams are tied for fifth at 2-over.
UCF’s Ashley Holder is one shot behind Madsen at 5-under with Purdue’s Aurora Kan and Tennessee’s A.J. Newell at 4-under in a tie for third. Five players finished today’s round at 3-under.
- Freshman Nanna Madsen’s round of 66 is the second-lowest 18-hole score in school history. Only five golfers have shot a 66 or below in program history. Junior Mary Fran Hillow set a new South Carolina record with a 65 last Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate.
- No other golfer had shot a first-round 66 at the Landfall Tradition before Madsen’s 66 today. The total matches the lowest 18-hole score in the history of the event, which is in its 13th year
- Madsen led the field in par-5 scoring, shooting 4-under.
- The Gamecocks fired 15 birdies in the first round, with Madsen and senior Justine Dreher combining to account for eight.
- This weekend’s field features 10 top-25 teams, including Duke, the only team to defeat the Gamecocks this season.
QUOTABLE South Carolina Head Coach Kalen Harris
We did a great job salvaging today’s round. The team finished very strong, and I am very proud of them. Nanna was certainly the highlight with an incredible 6-under. Justine and Katelyn did an amazing job of digging themselves out of poor starts. We averted disaster today to keep ourselves in the hunt. Our team showed a lot of heart.
UP NEXT The Gamecocks tee off in the second round of the Landfall Tradition tomorrow morning on the Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.
TEAM STANDINGS 1. Purdue 283 (-5)
2. Wake Forest 286 (-2)
3. Florida 288 (E)
4. UCF 289 (+1)
T5. Notre Dame 290 (+2)
T5. Alabama 290 (+2)
T5. Oklahoma State 290 (+2)
T8. North Carolina 292 (+4)
T8. Tennessee 292 (+4)
T8. Virginia 292 (+4)
T8. Ohio State 292 (+4)
T12. Arizona 293 (+5)
T12. South Carolina 293 (+5)
T12. Duke 293 (+5)
15. NC State 301 (+15)
16. Penn State 308 (+20)
T17. Michigan State 315 (+27
) T17. UNC-Wilmington 315 (+27)