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Ladies in 14th at Samford Women's Intercollegiate
Monday, March 19, 2007


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Jessica Garza led the Ladies
on the first day of the tournament

CALERA, Ala. -- Centenary stands 14th after the first day of the Samford University Women’s Intercollegiate, played at the Timberline Golf Course, in Calera, Ala. Monday. After the first two rounds, Jessica Garza leads the Ladies with a score of 164.

The Ladies shot 672 (341-331) over the first and second rounds of the Samford Women’s Intercollegiate. On the par-71, 5,823-yard course, Garza shot back-to-back rounds of 82 to stand 55th overall in the event. In Monday’s first round, the McKinney, Texas, native recovered with a 37 on the back nine, shooting eight strokes better than her front nine score of 45.

Junior Chloe’ Mims (Texarkana, Texas) stands second on the Ladies with a two-round score of 166, sitting in a tie for 58th place. Mims opened the day with an 81 in Monday’s first round, shooting 85 in the second round.

In a tie for 68th, freshman Brittany Blackwell (Colleyville, Texas) shot one off of her career high in Monday’s second round. Blackwell went 90-81 in the two rounds Monday for a total score of 171. Tying Blackwell for the most improvement from the first to the second round, Centenary sophomore Leigh Newton (Edmonton, Alberta) stands in a tie for 75th in the tournament with a score of 175 (92-83).

Both Newton and Blackwell improved nine strokes from the first to the second rounds.

Freshman Mary Kate Byrne (Natchez, Miss.) shot rounds of 88-87 (175) to sit in a tie for 75th, standing tied with Newton.

The University of South Alabama holds the overall team lead with a score of 613 (309-304). The Jaguars are followed closely by Eastern Kentucky, which stand in second place with a 616 (303-313).

Belmont is 10 strokes off of the lead with a two-round score of 623 (314-309), standing in third place.

In the individual competition, Sarah Nicholson holds the overall lead with rounds of 75-74 (149). Nicholson led all players with seven birdies over the two rounds Monday.

Staci Lynch of Austin Peay, Sara Marti of South Alabama and Ashley Cox of Jacksonville State all sit with scores of 150 to stand in a three-way tie for second place in the tournament.

The final round of the tournament is set to commence Tuesday morning.

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