LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech found itself in a tie for eighth place following the first 18 holes of its spring slate Sunday as the Red Raiders fired a 12-over-par 300 at the UCF Challenge held at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.
Mami Yamamoto led the Red Raiders with a 2-over 74 as she began her round with a birdie at the par-4 7th and then added an eagle at the par-5 16th. Yamamoto enters Monday's second round in a tie for 16th individually, just one stroke in front of teammates Gabby Barker and Amy Taylor.
Taylor put together quite the collegiate debut with three birdies on the round to join Barker in a tie for 24th overall. Her three birdies matched the totals of Barker and Lauren Mason for the team high through 18 holes.
Mason chipped in Tech's final contributing score with a 4-over round that placed her in a tie for 34th on the individual leaderboard. Louisa Brunt completed the Red Raider lineup with a 9-over card that finished in a tie for 82nd overall.
Iowa State and East Carolina shared the opening-day lead at 5-over, which was two strokes better than Miami in third place. Wisconsin and Tulane finished in a tie for fourth at 9-over, while Auburn and host UCF rounded out the top six at 11-over.
East Carolina golfer Dorthea Forbridg posted the lowest individual round with a 3-under card that was one of just eight to be under par on the day. She leads the tandem of Renate Grimstad of Miami and Kaeli Jones of UCF by one stroke in second place.
Tech will be paired with both UCF and Memphis on Monday when play resumes in a 7:45 a.m. CT shotgun start. Live scoring will be available throughout the day at www.Golfstat.com.