CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior Ivy Shepherd led the way in the opening round of The Clover Cup with a three-under 69 to place her in a tie for third. As a unit, the Tigers wrapped up the first 18 holes of competition with a 299 team total (11-over), placing them 10th among the field.
The event, which is being hosted by Arizona State on the 6,184-yd, par 72 Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., is led by Arizona after the first round of action. The Wildcats fired an opening round 281 as a group to place themselves two strokes ahead of second place UNLV and five shots ahead of Houston.
Shepherd strung together her first round in the 60s and the second round under par in the spring season with five birdies and two bogeys on the day. Shepherd had the second-best performance among the 71 player field on par-4s, averaging a 3.80 mark. The 63rd ranked junior finished the first round in a four-way tie for third among the field alongside No. 8 Linn Grant of Arizona State, No. 64 Karen Fredgaard of Houston, and No. 45 Alessandra Fanali of Arizona State.
The four players sit just one shot back of Arizona’s YuSang Hou and three back from the current leader, Elina Saksa of UNLV.
Seeing her first action from the Tigers’ No. 1 position, freshman Annabelle Pancake opened the 54-hole tournament with a four-over 76. Savannah Grewal, Callista Rice, and Lindsay May all concluded the first round with five-over, 77 performances. Competing as an individual, Gracyn Burgess entered the clubhouse with a seven-over, 79.
The Tigers will tee off the second round of the three-day event beginning tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. on hole 10. All live scoring of The Clover Cup can be accessed via Golfstat.