*Courtesy Troy Media Relations
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Playing in the first NCAA Division I Women's Golf Regional in school history, Troy held its own against a quality field Thursday on the opening day of the NCAA East Regional at the SouthWood Golf Course.
The Trojans currently sit in 17th place following an 8-over 296, which is their fifth-best round of the season. However, Troy is only seven shots back of three teams in a tie for sixth at the cut line for the NCAA Championship – the top eight teams from each of the three regionals advance.
Fátima Fernández Cano and Taylor McGraw paved the way for the Trojans as they shot even par, but did it in different ways. Cano was 2-under after a birdie at No. 10 before carding a pair of bogeys down the stretch. McGraw made the turn at 2-over but dropped in birdies on three of the first six holes on the back nine.
The final two holes snake bit the Trojans as they shot 5-over on the four scores that counted to the team total. Between the scoring rounds, Troy shot 8-over on the front nine and even on the back nine.
After opening with seven straight pars, Becca Horner had a pair of bogeys on the final two holes on the front nine. However, the freshman found her stroke and carded birdies on three of the next five holes and finished with a 75.
Langley Vannoy dramatically improved from the front nine to the back of the course. Vannoy sank three birdies and finished even over the final nine after shooting 5-over on the front to finish with a 77. Brooke Spinks had three birdies during her round, but battled big numbers and shot an 81.
No. 12 Vanderbilt shot 11-under as a team and leads the field of 24 NCAA Championship contenders. On the strength of individual leader Emily Penttila, who shot a 7-under, No. 34 Tulane is in second three shots back of Vanderbilt.
Troy sits just five shots back of No. 5 South Carolina and No. 8 Stanford, three shots back of No. 24 Auburn and one shot back of No. 31 Kentucky and No. 38 Louisville. The Trojans will enter Friday's second round a shot up on No. 41 Baylor and two shots up on No. 48 Georgia.
The Trojans will be in the morning wave on Friday and will start on No. 10 at 7:40 a.m. (CDT).
1. Vanderbilt 277, 2. Tulane 280, 3. Virginia 283, 4. Duke 284, 5. NC State 286, T6. UCF 289, T6. East Tennessee State 289, T6. Texas State 289, T9. Pepperdine 290, T9. Florida State 290, T11. Campbell 291, T11. South Carolina 291, T11. Stanford 291, 14. Auburn 293, T15. Kentucky 295, T15. Louisville 295, 17. Troy 296, T18. Baylor 297, T18. East Carolina 297, 20. Georgia 298, 21. College of Charleston 299, 22. Seton Hall 302, 23. Murray State 307, 24. Alabama State 315
1. Emily Penttila (Tulane) 65, 2. Celine Boutier (Duke) 67, T3. Six Players 68
T28. Fátima Fernández Cano 72, T28. Taylor McGraw 72, T70. Becca Horner 75, T99. Langley Vannoy 77, T120. Brooke Spinks 81