BATON ROUGE, LA -- Freshman Danielle McVeigh fired a three-under-par 69 on Thursday to lead No. 13-ranked Texas A&M into a tie for 10th place after the opening round of the NCAA Women's Golf East Regional at the University Golf Club.
The tournament continues through Saturday with the top eight teams and two individuals advancing to the NCAA Championships May 22-25 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
A&M carded a team score of three-over 291, just one stroke out of eighth place. The score is the lowest in school history in a postseason round.
No. 6 UCLA leads after a seven-under 281, followed by No. 20 Wake Forest (284), Furman (284), No. 12 Purdue (285), Louisville (286), No. 24 Alabama (287), LSU (287), No. 19 North Carolina (290), No. 25 South Carolina (290), A&M, No. 1 Duke (291), College of Charleston (292), Florida State (292), No. 7 Auburn (293), No. 21 Virginia (294), Birmingham-Southern (297), Western Carolina (301), North Carolina State (302), South Florida (306), Jacksonville State (324) and Jackson State (329).
McVeigh is tied for eighth place in the individual standings, three shots behind co-leaders Nanette Hill of Wake Forest, Sydnee Michaels of UCLA and Adrienne White of Louisville, who carded 66s. McVeigh's 69 is a record for an A&M freshman in postseason play.
A&M senior Ashley Knoll is tied for 16th after a one-under 71, while freshman Ashley Freeman is tied for 34th (73). Senior Christa Spedding and sophomore Lauren Johnson are tied for 87th after posting 78s.