May 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - San Jose State's Regan De Guzman shot a career-best score of 67 to help the Spartans tie Southern Cal for the top position on the leaderboard at four-under-par 284 in the first round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship on Tuesday at the UGA Golf Course.
Duke finished with a two-under 286 to claim third place, while Alabama currently sits in fourth with an even-par 288. UCLA and Purdue are tied for fifth with a 289.
De Guzman currently leads the field after the opening round, and her 67 marks the lowest individual score in San Jose State history. The five-under-par is also the lowest score in relation to par in school history.
"It feels great," said De Guzman. "One of the girls I played with asked me if I knew what I scored and I said, `No, I'm sorry - I just know I made a lot of birdies.' I feel great about it. I was having so much fun. The course is playing good. It's a tough course but it was great."
Southern Cal and San Jose State's 284 stands as the best team score in any round at an NCAA Championship. Additionally, the four under par by both teams matches the best round by par at an NCAA Championship. New Mexico State also shot a four-under-par in the fourth round of the 1988 Championship.
Top-ranked Stephanie Meadow of Alabama is tied for second with Duke's Celine Boutier, as each carded a 69 in the opening round of play. Ally McDonald of Mississippi State and Annie Park of Southern Cal each carded a score of two-under 70 to finish in a tie for fourth.
""It was a pretty good round today, but it's always nice to have a good round to start out a national championship," said Meadow. "All I was trying to do was to not have any mental mistakes, and that's been my goal the whole week. I had one today, but it was pretty good other than that."
"I just want them to keep going," said Alabama head coach Mic Potter. "All I ever ask is that they do their best. I'll take the results as long as they're doing their best. It was a little bit sloppy today, but sometimes you can hold on a little tight at the start of these tournaments. I think we have a lot better in us, and I'm very happy with where we are, considering that we were five-over-par at one point."
The second round of action will continue tomorrow morning from the UGA Golf Course. Daily tickets are available at the course, and they are priced at $12 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.