Lady Chants lead after first round of Big South tourney

Coastal Carolina shot an opening round 292 to take a five-stroke lead over defending champion Campbell in the 2013 Big South Women’s Golf Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, which is being contested at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor (par 72, 6,083 yards) in Ninety Six, S.C.  The Camels are second at 297, while Gardner-Webb is third at 306.

Coastal Carolina freshman Lena Schaeffner holds the individual lead after 18 holes with a 1-under 71.  She shot even par on the front nine and was 1-under on the back nine, and tallied three birdies on the day.  Teammate and 2011 individual champion Jessica Alexander is in second-place at even-par 72, and was in the lead at 3-under par through nine holes before suffering consecutive bogeys on No. 10 and 11 and later on No. 17.  Also tied for second with a 72 is Campbell freshman Tahnia Ravnjak.  She was 1-under through 13 holes before ending with a bogey.

Defending Big South individual medalist Brittany Henderson of Coastal Carolina is tied for fourth with Radford’s Alexandra Austin and Campbell’s Lisbeth Brooks at 1-over 73.  Longwood’s Ariel Witmer led the field with five birdies on the day, while Brooks and teammate Kaylin Yost had four each.

On the team side, host Presbyterian College, which is eligible for the championship for the first time, stands in fourth-place after round one at 313.  Four teams are tied for fifth at 315 — new Big South member Longwood, Winthrop, Radford and Charleston Southern.  High Point finished with a 321 and is ninth after 18 holes.  Coastal’s 292 is the sixth-lowest round in Big South Women’s Golf Championship history.

Second round action will begin Monday.

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