BRYAN -- The No. 19 Texas A&M women’s golf team fired an opening round 306 on Friday to stand third in the team standings at the “Mo” Morial Invitational at the Traditions Golf Course.
The defending champion Aggies trail only third-ranked Arizona State (15-over 303) and No. 16 UCLA (16-over 304). Right behind the Aggies are Oklahoma State and USC, which both shot scores of 19-over 307.
“I felt like we left a lot of shots out there, but we’re still in the hunt which is encouraging,” Aggie head coach Jeanne Sutherland said.”
The Aggies were paced by defending individual champion Ashley Knoll, who carded an even-par 72 and stands in a tie for second. Knoll and Oklahoma State’s Pernilla Lindberg were two strokes behind leader Hannah Jun of UCLA (two-under 70). Knoll posted two birdies and two bogeys to go along with 14 pars.
“Ashley shot a quiet 72 and was steady and solid throughout her round,” Sutherland said. “After the round, Ashley said she didn’t do anything spectacular, she was just solid.”
Rounding out the Aggies’ scores were Ashley Freeman (75, +3), Lauren Johnson (79, +7), Danielle McVeigh (80, +8) and Christa Spedding (81, +9). Playing as an individual, Aggie Janet DeGroat shot a seven-over 79.
Second round at the “Mo” Morial starts at 8 a.m. with teams teeing off on the first and 10th tees.