Clemson, S.C.—Alexandra Swayne, Ivy Shepherd and Savannah Grewal all shot even par rounds of 72 to lead Clemson to a 291 team score and a sixth-place ranking after the first round of the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Course in Franklin, Tennessee. The 15-team event continues Saturday and Sunday at the 6,460-yard course.
While Clemson is in a sixth-place tie with Mississippi State, the Tigers are just four shots out of the lead held by third-ranked Vanderbilt and Houston. The top 10 teams are separated by just seven shots. The average score was 74.8 for the 81 players and just 11 players broke par.
Not only did Swayne, Shepherd and Grewal shoot the same score, they all had nine hole scores of 37-35. The three players are tied for 12th individually.
Swayne had five birdies in the round, tied for fourth in the field. She played the par four holes at two-under-par, tied for second best in the field. She finished with birdies on each of the last two holes.
Shepherd’s even-par round included an eagle on the 14th hole, the only player in the field to eagle that hole. It was one of just four eagles for the entire field in the first round.
Grewal, a freshman from Canada, was playing in her first college round and finished strong with birdies on the 17th and 18th holes. She had four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on Friday.
Ana Paula Valdes got off to a great start with three birdies in her first five holes, but finished at three over. A double bogey on the sixth hole ruined her round. She did finish with a birdie on the par five 18th hole. She is tied for 42nd after the first round.
Lindsay May finished with four-over-par 76, as the native of New York had six bogeys and two birdies.
Live scoring will be available on Saturday and Sunday at golfstat.com.