SUNSET, S.C. – Texas A&M’s Amber Park shot a 2-under 70 to lead the Aggie women’s golf team in the first round of the Clemson Invitational Sunday.
“Our team hit a lot of great shots today, and I was especially pleased to see a strong finish—we really needed those birdies down the stretch,” said head coach Andrea Gaston. “We got off to a slow start, so it was nice to see the team make some adjustments and find their rhythm.”
Park was one of two Aggies to finish the day under-par, as she was joined by Courtney Dow with a 1-under 70. Park birdied three of the last four holes at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, part of five birdies on the day, to tie for 12th. Dow had a bogey-free front nine, then shot even-par on the back-nine to tie for 21st.
“It was exciting to see Amber have those three birdies down the stretch,” Gaston added. “Just a couple of shots took her from being top-25 to 12th place after her first round.”
Texas A&M notched its ninth par-or-better round of the season, now alone for the third-most in school history, with an even-par 288. The team made eight birdies over the final five holes of the opening round, and is in ninth place. No. 7 Vanderbilt and No. 14 Auburn co-lead the field that includes five top-25 squads at 10-under par. The Tigers’ Julie McCarthy leads all individuals at 6-under.
Aggie freshman Brooke Tyree turned in a 1-over 73, tying for 38th. Ava Schwienteck shot a 2-over 74 to tie for 56th.
Katie Finley played the four par-3s at the par 72 / 6,260-yard Nicklaus-designed course at a tournament-best 2-under, matching her teammate Park, and finished the day tied for 85th at 5-over 77.
The tournament continues with a second round on Monday, and the final round takes place Tuesday.
Live scoring for the event is available on golfstat.com, and live updates are available on Twitter at @AggieWomensGolf.