SAN DIEGO, CA -- Led by even-par 72s from junior Mary Michael Maggio and freshman Patricia Garcia, the No. 13 Texas A&M women’s golf team is tied for fourth after the first round of The Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn on Monday.
Maggio and Garcia are tied for fifth individually. Maggio started the round strong and was 2-under through the front nine with three birdies and a bogey. She was 2-over on the back nine to finish even. Garcia was up and down early and made the turn at 1-over. She steadied as the round progressed and birdied 17 to finish her round with a 72.
The Aggies’ carded a 14-over 302 and trail leader Tulane (293) by nine shots. No. 8 Arizona State is tied for second with No. 3 Southern Cal (295), while No. 21 Pepperdine (302) is even with the Aggies at 302. No. 19 California, UNLV and Long Beach State are tied for sixth with 303 followed by Miami (305), San Diego State (306), Texas (308), Denver (312), No. 16 Arizona (313) and No. 17 Washington (313), Coastal Carolina (315) and New Mexico (316).
“We played great on the front and had too many bogies on the back,” A&M head coach Trelle McCombs said. “We got a little sloppy coming in, but we have a good mindset for tomorrow. I’m very proud of Patty and Mary Michael for staying strong today and putting together a good round for us.”
Sophomore Katerina Ruzickova and junior Aly Smith, who competed as an individual, are tied for 37th with 5-over 77s. Junior Sarah Beth Davis is tied for 68th with an 81 and junior Susy Grunden is tied for 48th with an 82.
Due to weather, The Battle at Rancho Bernardo was shortened to 36 holes. The Aggies tee off in the second and final round Tuesday starting at 10:15 a.m. (CT). A&M will play alongside Pepperdine and California.