May 8, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. (SMU) - Senior Maria Elena Villamil shot a three-over 75 to lead the SMU women's golf team to a 27-over 315 in the NCAA Central Regional First Round on Thursday at Karsten Creek Golf Club. Villamil finished the first round in 25th, as SMU sits in 20th as a team.
"Our goal heading into tomorrow remains the same; to qualify for nationals," head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "We have very little room for mistakes now. It'll be important to get off the first tee well tomorrow, and play focused golf for 18 holes."
Villamil tied the team-high with two birdies on the day, one on either side of the scorecard. The Madrid, Spain, native inked a one-over on the first nine, and a two over in her second half of the afternoon.
Sophomore Alexandra Rossi carded a six-over 78 in the first round. Rossi recorded 13 pars in the round, including a stretch of 10-straight from the 16th to the 7th (SMU started on the 10th hole). The SMU sophomore finished the first round in a tie for 68th.
Classmate Jenny Haglund made the turn at one-over and finished the first round at eight-over, wrapping up her opening 18 holes of the regional with an 80.
Junior Jennifer Park and freshman Katie Page finished the first round at 10-over par. In her final 12 holes of the afternoon, Park shot even par with 10-straight pars and a bogey and a birdie to end her opening 18 holes.
No. 9 Alabama and No. 35 California are co-leaders after the opening round of the regional, posting a pair of seven-overs through the first 18 holes. Kent State's Wad Phaewchimplee will take a three-stroke lead into Friday's second day after her seven-under 65.
SMU will be in the first wave tomorrow, with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT off hole one.