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March 3, 2017


1. Ana Pelaez
Round 1: 71 (E)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: E
Place: T-9th
2. Marion Veysseyre
Round 1: 71 (E)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: E
Place: T-9th
3. Jia Xin Yang
Round 1: 73 (+2)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +2
Place: T-21st
4. Ainhoa Olarra
Round 1: 74 (+3)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +3
Place: T36th
5. Katelyn Dambaugh
Round 1: 79 (+8)
Round 2:
Round 3:
To Par: +8
Place: 75th
Team Standings
Pos. Team R1 R2 R3 Total
1. Alabama 282 282 (-2)
2. Duke 286 286 (+2)
3. Arizona State 288 288 (+4)
4. South Carolina 289 289 (+5)
5. Baylor 291 291 (+7)
6. Georgia 292 292 (+8)
7. Tennessee 293 293 (+9)
8. Vanderbilt 294 294 (+10)
T9. Oklahoma State 296 296 (+12)
T9. North Carolina 296 296 (+10)
T9. LSU 296 296 (+12)
T9. Wake Forest 296 296 (+12)
13. Furman 297 297 (+13)
14. Auburn 299 299 (+15)
15. Arkansas 302 302 (+18)
16. Mississippi State 306 306 (+22)
17. Virginia 320 320 (+36)
Tournament Quick Facts

Dates: March 3-5

Location: Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Course: Long Cove Club

Par: 71

Yards: 6,160

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Led by even par rounds of 71 from freshman Ana Pelaez and sophomore Marion Veysseyre, South Carolina concluded day one of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in fourth place. The No. 14 Gamecocks will head into the weekend seven shots off the lead after posting a 5-over 289 Friday at Long Cove Club.

No. 5 Alabama, the only school to finish under par on day one, holds the 18-hole lead following its opening-round 282 (-2). Eighteenth-ranked Duke sits in second place at 2-over 286, while No. 10 Arizona State rounds out the top three with a one-day total of 288 (+4). Four players hold the individual lead at 3-under 68, including two Crimson Tide golfers.

Pelaez and Veysseyre will both enter Saturday in a tie for ninth on the individual leaderboard following their steady play in round one. After making the turn at 2-over, Pelaez found her stroke down the stretch with three birdies over her final seven holes. Her first birdie of the day came on the par-4 12th, and the Malaga, Spain, native added another one on No. 14. She registered her third birdie on the back nine on No. 17 before notching a par on the par-4 18th.

Veysseyre also totaled a trio of birdies over her final seven holes, starting on No. 12. She shot par or better on five of her last six holes and added birdies on the par-5 15th and No. 18. The sophomore’s four birdies in round one marked the most by a Gamecock.

Senior Jia Xin Yang carded a 2-over 73 on day one after shaking off four early bogeys. Yang totaled two birdies on her round and shot par or better on each of her final 11 holes. She posted a back-nine 34 (-1) following eight pars after the turn and a birdie on No. 12. Yang will head into round two in a tie for 21st.

Ainhoa Olarra’s opening round featured a hot start with birdies on the par-3 second and par-5 sixth. The junior made the turn at even 36 and recorded six pars on her back nine on the way to a 3-over 74. Olarra sits in a tie for 36th through one round of action.

Senior Katelyn Dambaugh shot an 8-over 79 in Friday’s first round, while sophomore Isidora Nilsson, senior Marianna Monaco and freshman Anita Uwadia were also in action as individuals. Nilsson and Monaco both turned in a 3-over 74, while Uwadia posted a 10-over 81.

Quoting Coach Kalen Anderson

“We played really solid overall. My message to them was to be very patient and to deal with adversity with a great attitude. They did just that. Our lineup did a phenomenal job of hanging in there and staying tough. This golf course is difficult, and the wind was swirling.”

Round Changer

Ana Pelaez shot par or better on each of her final seven holes, adding three birdies during the stretch. The Gamecock newcomer’s back-nine 33 (-2) keyed her opening-round 71 (E).


  • Carolina’s 2.90 par-3 scoring average Friday led the 17-team field at Long Cove Club.
  • Three players in the Gamecock lineup birdied the par-4 12th in the opening round.
  • Freshman Ana Pelaez has shot par or better in each of her last five rounds dating back to the 2016 Landfall Tradition.
  • Sophomore Marion Veysseyre’s 71 (E) on day one bested each of her three rounds at last year’s Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.

Up Next

The Gamecocks are back on the course Saturday morning for the second round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate. Carolina, which will be paired with No. 19 Baylor and No. 8 Georgia, opens play in round two at 9:20 a.m.