Women's Golf
WG in 6th after 1st rd of Longhorn Invite

March 26, 2010

The Vanderbilt Commodore women's golf team is in sixth place after the first round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational after posting a team total of 300 Friday. Sophomore Marina Alex led the way for the Commodores with a one-over par, 73, which ties her for seventh overall after 18 holes of play at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin.

Alex finished one stroke ahead of Andrea Messer, who fired a two-over par, 74, and is in a tie for 12th. Brooke Goodwin is in a tie for 22nd after posting a 74, Lauren Stratton shot a 78 and is in a tie for 52nd, and Megan Grehan posted a first-round 81 for the Commodores (T-74). Anna Leigh Keith played as an individual and shot a 78 (T-52nd).

Vanderbilt trails tournament leader UCLA by five strokes. The Bruins shot a 295 on Friday, one stroke better than the host Longhorns, who are in second place with a 296.

Individually, Shannon Fish of Texas and Sarah Zwartynski of Texas A&M are in a tie for first after shooting two-under par, 70.

"Through about 14 holes, our name was at the top of the leaderboard," said Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen. "It was good for our team to see that, but, we couldn't hang on to it for the last five holes. We had too many double bogeys down the stretch.

"But, overall we're only five back against the number one team in the country. We need to come out tomorrow and put the ball in play. We're hoping to start a good stretch run before the SEC Tournament."



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