CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s golf team kicked off its fall season Sunday at the Powerade Cougar Classic held at Yeamans Hall in Hanahan, S.C. The team finished the opening round with a score of 309, 21-over-par and sits in 23rd place after the first 18 holes. Today’s round was delayed twice for weather, once in the morning before rounds started and again at 4:30 p.m.
Sophomore Lauren Salazar led the Tigers with a two-over-par round of 74 and is tied for 47th place individually. Her day included four bogeys and two birdies as she played the number-one position in the lineup for the first time in her career.
Freshman Marisa Messana followed behind Salazar with a round of 76. Messana birdied the first hole of her career when she putted the ball 20 feet into the hole from off the green. The native of Plantation,Fla. had one bad hole when she made an eight on the par-four 14, but she played the other 17 holes at even par.
Sophomore Jessica Hoang shot a 77 that concluded with a birdie on her final hole, the ninth, while freshman Riley Lovorn scored an 82, and sophomore Sloan Shanahan shot an 87. McKenzie Talbert, playing as an individual, shot a 79.
Wake Forest leads the tournament with a team score of 282, six-under par. Wake Forest’s Sierra Sims shot a 65, tying a tournament low and leads the tournament individually.
The Tigers will again play with Wisconsin, Baylor, and Georgia in Monday’s second round and will tee off beginning at 9 a.m. in a shotgun start. Marisa Messana and Lauren Salazar will both go off of the 10th tee. Riley Lovorn and Jessica Hoang will go off the 11th tee and Sloan Shanahan will go off the 12th tee. McKenzie Talbert start at 16.
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