Ag Linksters Tied For 10th In South Carolina

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HANAHAN, S.C. -- Junior Lauren Johnson and freshman Sarah Zwartynski each fired one-under-par 71s on Sunday to lead the Texas A&M women's golf team into a tie for 10th place after the opening round of the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Country Club.

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Alabama and LSU share the lead after carding two-under totals of 286. Notre Dame is in third at 287, followed by Tennessee (288), Texas (288), South Carolina (291), Florida State (292), North Carolina State (294), North Carolina (295), A&M (297), Miami (297), South Florida (299), Mississippi State (299), Furman (301), College of Charleston (301), Penn State (302), UNC Greensboro (303), Maryland (304), Mississippi (306) and Richmond (328).

Notre Dame's Lisa Maunu shot a six-under 66 to lead the individual standings by two strokes over Charleston's Fiona Puyo (68) and Florida State's Whitney Wright (68). Johnson and Zwartynski are tied for 12th place.

A&M sophomore Ashley Freeman carded a 76, while junior Jodi Neal posted a 79 and freshman Sara Hemingway shot an 85.

"We started and ended the round with great focus and determination, but the middle of the round was a little shaky," said Coach Trelle McCombs of her A&M debut. "Overall, I'm pleased with our play but we still have some kinks to work out."

The Aggies are playing without All-America candidate Danielle McVeigh, who is representing her native Ireland at the Ladies' Home International Matches in Scotland. McVeigh earned All-Big 12 honors and was the league's co-newcomer of the year last season as a freshman.