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April 12, 2010
New Smyrna Beach, Fla. - Jennifer Judge and Cheryl Lo each fired a 77 Monday afternoon to lead the USC Upstate women's golf team to its third-lowest round of the season and ninth place after the first round of the A-Sun Championships at the Venetian Bay Golf Club.
Upstate finished the round with a 320, its third-lowest of the season and the lowest this spring, to stand 32 strokes ahead of Lipscomb in 10th place. The Spartans are just two shots out of eighth place held by Belmont (318).
"We started off and everyone struggled a little bit," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "We had some really long putts starting off. Jennifer struggled early, but birdied her sixth hole and finished with a good round. I know she thinks she can do better and I look forward to her next two rounds. Cheryl battled a bad back throughout the round to post a really strong round. We counted 77 twice and Natalie (Buch) stepped up to shoot an 81. We are loose and you saw a lot of smiles today. We have seen some good things. Hopefully we can do it again tomorrow and pick up a few shots."
Florida Gulf Coast pulled off a surprise and opened the tournament with a 294 to take the lead after the first round. East Tennessee State, one of the favorites entering the tournament, is one stroke back at 295, while Kennesaw State is third at 299. Campbell shot a 301 to finish the day in fourth place and is followed by Jacksonville (305), Mercer (305), Stetson (306), Belmont (318), Upstate (320) and Lipscomb (352).
Judge and Lo were solid throughout their rounds and finished with matching 77s. They are tied for 21st entering Tuesday's second round. Judge is tied for fifth in par-3 scoring among the tournament players, while Lo is second in birdies and eighth in par-4 scoring. Natalie Buch turned in a solid 81 and is tied for 37th, while Marissa Clontz shot 85. Johanna Ebenhag opened with an 86.
ETSU's Laura Jansone opened the tournament with a 3-under-par 69 to take the individual lead. She will begin the second round with a three-stroke lead over FGCU's Katerina Toomalatai and Briana Carlsson and Kennesaw State's Jordan Lazenby.