By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech women's golf team kicked off action at the fifth annual Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate Sunday afternoon, playing host to a seven-team field at Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn.
The Golden Eagles rounded out the first round of action with a team score of 309, ranking second among its competitors and just five strokes shy of leader Lee University. Tech held an eight-shot lead over Ohio Valley Conference and in-state rival Belmont following day one, and a nine-stroke advantage over Evansville.
Redshirt freshman Arianna Clemmer not only led the Golden Eagles on Sunday, she also tied for the overall tournament lead after firing a career-low, 1-over 72. The rookie shot even par on a whopping 13 holes, tying for the most in the field of 44.
Tying for seventh was senior Lydia Triplett, who carded a 78 and boasted the second-best scoring mark on par-five holes for the first round. Next among Tech's starting five, junior Allyson Dunn finished just outside the top-10, tying for 11th overall. She wrapped up her first 18 holes of competition just one stroke back of Triplett, posting a 79 and connecting for three birdies, the second-most of the day.
Three Tech golfers participated as individuals and it was sophomore Lindsay Miller who led the pack, tying with Triplett for seventh overall. She made a 78, while making part on 11 of the 18 holes, to lead all individuals in the field.
Round two of the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate is set to begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. CT on Monday. The original tee times were pushed back due to impending frost expected on the course.
Photo by Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information