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March 4, 2016


1. Ainhoa Olarra
Round 1: 74 (+3)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +3
Place: T31
2. Katelyn Dambaugh
Round 1: 75 (+4)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +4
Place: T44
3. Sarah Schmelzel
Round 1: 77 (+6)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +6
Place: T57
4. Marion Veysseyre
Round 1: 77 (+6)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +6
Place: T57
5. Jia Xin Yang
Round 1: 79 (+8)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +8
Place: T82
Team Standings
Pos. Team R1 R2 R3 Total
1. Alabama 278 278 (-6)
2. Virginia 281 281 (-3)
3. Vanderbilt 282 282 (-2)
4. Arkansas 289 289 (+5)
5. North Carolina 290 290 (+6)
6. Oklahoma State 292 292 (+8)
7. Tennessee 295 295 (+11)
8. Auburn 296 296 (+12)
9. USC 297 297 (+13)
10. Duke 299 299 (+15)
11. Wake Forest 300 300 (+16)
12. Georgia 301 301 (+17)
T-13. Furman 303 303 (+19)
T-13. LSU 303 303 (+19)
T-13. Mississippi State 303 303 (+19)
T-13. South Carolina 303 303 (+19)
17. Kentucky 307 307 (+23)
Tournament Quick Facts

Dates: March 4-6

Location: Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Course: Pete Dye Course at Long Cove Club

Par: 71

Yards: 6,208

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — South Carolina women’s golf began play at the 2016 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on Friday, firing a 19-over 303 at the Pete Dye Course at Long Cove Club. The host Gamecocks sit in tie for 13th place following the first round of the three-day event in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Alabama, which had three golfers finish under par, posted a 6-under 278 to grab the lead in the opening round.

Sophomore Ainhoa Olarra (T-31) paced the Gamecocks with a 3-over 74 after recording a team-high three birdies. She made the turn at 2-over 38 before posting a strong finish to her round, notching two birdies over her final four holes.

Katelyn Dambaugh recovered from an up-and-down front nine on her way to a 4-over 75. After making the turn at 4-over (40), the junior registered pars on each of her final nine holes. Her lone birdie of the day came on the par-4 fifth, and Dambaugh will head into Saturday’s second round in a tie for 44th place.

Senior Sarah Schmelzel and freshman Marion Veysseyre both shot a 77 (+6) in Friday’s opening round. Schmelzel began her day with a birdie on the par-4 first, but bogeys on holes No. 3 and 6 followed by a double-bogey on No. 9 moved the Phoenix, Ariz., native to 3-over 39 at the turn. She recorded three more bogeys on the back nine and currently sits in a tie for 57th place.

Veysseyre collected 12 pars in her first appearance at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. After back-to-back bogeys on No. 11 and 12, the freshman finished strong, tallying pars on five of her final six holes.

Junior Jia Xin Yang ended round one in a tie for 82nd place following an 8-over 79. She registered pars on five of her first six holes before suffering bogeys on No. 7, 8 and 9. Competing as individuals, freshman Isidora Nilsson (T-89) recorded an 11-over 82, while junior Marianna Monaco (T-82) shot an 8-over 79 in her debut for the Gamecocks.

Virginia sits in second place at 3-under 281, and Vanderbilt rounds out the top three after shooting a 2-under 282. Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight holds the individual lead following her 67 (-4) on Friday.

Round Changer

Sophomore Ainhoa Olarra finished off a steady first round with birdies on the par-5 15th and the par-4 18th. She turned in a 1-over 36 on her back nine despite a double-bogey on No. 10.


  • Sophomore Ainhoa Olarra’s three birdies were good for the fourth-highest total in the opening round.
  • Marianna Monaco was steady down the stretch in her South Carolina debut, as the junior notched pars on eight of her final 10 holes.
  • Junior Katelyn Dambaugh led the Gamecocks with 13 pars on Friday.

Up Next

The Gamecocks are back on the course Saturday morning when they resume play at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. Click HERE for South Carolina’s second-round tee times.