Charleston, S.C. --- Senior Mallory Hetzel fired a 4-under 68 to pace the No. 6-ranked Georgia women's golf team to shares of team and individual leads following the opening round of the College of Charleston's Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Golf Club.
Hetzel's stellar loop, the best of her collegiate career, came on very familiar turf. A native of nearby
Hetzel did not disappoint with a quartet of birdies in a bogey-free round. Red numbers at No. 2, No. 3, No. 7 and No. 15 helped Hetzel top her previous best collegiate round of 69 in the first round of the 2006 Mason Rudolph Championship.
"Mallory just played really solid golf all day," head coach Kelley Hester said. "You can tell she's really comfortable here. The par-5s are very reachable, and she made a long putt at No. 3. She was just really consistent. She came up a little short of the green on No. 17 but had a nice up and down there."
Hetzel and Georgia are knotted atop the team and individual leaderboards with No. 14 Virginia. Hetzel is tied with Whitney Neuhauser at 4-under, while the Bulldogs and Cavaliers both carded even-par 288s on Sunday.
"It's certainly not like we maxed out," Hester said. "We counted a couple of double bogeys. We've still got room for some improvement.
Silva is tied for fifth, Andrade is tied for 27th,
South Carolina is third in the team field at 290 and rounding out the top 10 are N.C. State at 291, Florida State and North Carolina both at 292, No. 10 Alabama at 293, No. 16 LSU and Notre Dame at 297 and host College of Charleston at 300.
Play continues with 18 holes on both Monday and Tuesday. Live scoring is available on the internet here.
Yeamans Hall Golf Club
Sunday's First Round Standings
N.C. State 291
Notre Dame 297
Ole Miss 307
Caroline Westrup, FSU 69
Jaqueline Hedwall, LSU 71
Kelsey Verbeten, Wisconsin 71
T54. Leigh Crosby 76T67. Krystle Caithness 77