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Feb. 12, 2016

Round 1 Results | Live Scoring | Round 2 Pairings

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Three South Carolina women’s golfers sit in the top 15 individually following day one of the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club. The Gamecocks fired a 9-over 297 on Friday to finish the first round in a tie for second behind host Florida State, which opened with a 5-over 293.

Senior Sarah Schmelzel, junior Katelyn Dambaugh and sophomore Ainhoa Olarra all turned in 2-over 74 performances on the first day of the 54-hole event. The trio will head to Saturday’s second round in a tie for 15th place on the individual leaderboard.

Schmelzel, who began the day on hole No. 10, recovered from a pair of early bogeys, and made the turn at even 36 after registering birdies on No. 15 and 17. A birdie on the par-5 fourth dropped the Phoenix, Ariz., native to 1-under on the day before she recorded three bogeys over her final five holes to finish at 2-over.

Dambaugh produced an up-and-down round on Friday, as she tallied four birdies and four bogeys. After making the turn at 2-over 38, the junior played her final nine holes at even par following birdies on No. 2 and 6. Olarra also notched a team-high four birdies in the opening round and shot par-or-better on nine of her 10 final holes. Her final birdie of the day came on the par-4 seventh.

Freshman Marion Veysseyre, who made her debut for the Gamecocks on Friday, carded a steady round that included pars on 13 of 18 holes. She notched a birdie on the par-4 first and ended day one in a tie for 22nd place after recording a 3-over 75. Junior Jia Xin Yang, the fifth Gamecock in action, stands in a tie for 57th after opening with an 8-over 80.

SMU and Coastal Carolina matched South Carolina’s 9-over performance on Friday, while Furman (+10, 298) and Texas A&M (+10, 298) round out the top five. The Aggies’ Maddie Szeryk sits atop the individual leaderboard after totaling a 3-under 69 in the first round.

HEAD COACH Kalen Anderson
“The conditions were extremely windy today, so I’m very proud of the way the team battled. We are in good position for the weekend.”

The Gamecocks are back on the course on Saturday morning when they resume play at the FSU Match-Up. South Carolina will tee off on No. 1 in the second round, and fans can follow the team’s official Twitter (@GamecockWGolf) for live updates throughout the day.

T15. Katelyn Dambaugh 74 (+2)
T15. Ainhoa Olarra 74 (+2)
T15. Sarah Schmelzel 74 (+2)
T22. Marion Veyssere 75 (+3)
T57. Jia Xin Yang 80 (+8)

1. Florida State 293 (+5)
T2. South Carolina 297 (+9)
T2. SMU 297 (+9)
T2. Coastal Carolina 297 (+9)
T5. Furman 298 (+10)
T5. Texas A&M 298 (+10)
7. Tennessee 303 (+15)
8. Virginia 305 (+17)
9. Virginia Tech 307 (+19)
T10. Missouri 309 (+21)
T10. Kansas State 309 (+21)
12. James Madison 318 (+30)