Sept. 25, 2016
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|1. Katelyn Dambaugh
Round 1: 64 (-8)
To Par: -8
|2. Ainhoa Olarra
Round 1: 69 (-3)
To Par: -3
|3. Anita Uwadia
Round 1: 69 (-3)
To Par: -3
|4. Jia Xin Yang
Round 1: 72 (E)
To Par: E
|5. Marion Veysseyre
Round 1: 73 (+1)
To Par: +1
REUNION, Fla. — South Carolina women’s golf kicked off its 2016-17 season in historic fashion, setting a program record with an opening-round 274 (-14) on Sunday at Watson Course to grab a four-stroke lead at the 2016 ANNIKA Intercollegiate. Katelyn Dambaugh also made history on day one, as the senior standout carded a 64 (-8), the lowest round ever by a Gamecock.
Three golfers ended the first round in the top 10 for South Carolina, which led the field with 20 birdies on Sunday. Georgia (278, -10) sits in second place, while Southern Cal and UCLA are tied for third at 9-under (279).
Dambaugh totaled seven birdies and an eagle throughout her record-setting performance. The Goose Creek, S.C., native, who began her day on No. 10, recorded her first birdie on the par-4 11th before adding another one on No. 14. She made the turn at 3-under 33 after back-to-back birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 and dropped to 5-under following an eagle on the par-4 second. Dambaugh, who currently holds a two-shot lead over Arizona State’s Linnea Strom and UCLA’s Lilia Vu, finished her round in style, notching birdies on Nos. 8 and 9.
Junior Ainhoa Olarra and freshman Anita Uwadia both sit in a tie for eighth after opening the tournament with a 69 (-3). Olarra turned in a steady performance, tallying 15 pars to go along with birdies on Nos. 2, 8 and 10. Uwadia enjoyed a solid debut for the Gamecocks after finishing with five birdies. She posted a front-nine 34 (-2) and registered pars on each of her final seven holes.
Senior Jia Xin Yang carded a 72 (E) to end Sunday in a tie for 28th, while sophomore Marion Veysseyre (T35) shot a 1-over 73. Yang, who recorded 14 pars, tallied a birdie on the par-5 17th and par-4 fifth. Veysseyre added three birdies of her own, including one on her second to last hole, the par-5 eighth.
Quoting Coach Kalen Anderson
“It was a great start to our season. We played very solid, and our day speaks highly of the depth of our team this year. Our wedges are sharp, and the team has been loose and in positive spirits. Katelyn’s 64 was exceptional, and the others backed her up with impressive rounds.”
Katelyn Dambaugh’s eagle on the par-4 second jumpstarted a dominant finish that included birdies on three of her final five holes.
- South Carolina’s 274 on Sunday bested its previous school record of 277, which came on day two of the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
- Katelyn Dambaugh now owns three of the best four rounds in Gamecock history. She carded a 65 twice in her career, posting the total two times as a junior.
- South Carolina is the only school to have three golfers in the top 10 after round one.
- The Gamecocks currently lead the field in both par-3 (2.95) and par-5 scoring (4.55). Dambaugh’s 3.50 par-4 scoring tops all the individuals in action.
South Carolina returns to Watson Course on Monday for round two of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate. The Gamecocks will tee off with Georgia and Southern Cal on No. 1, beginning at 8:50 a.m.