KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The UT Arlington women's golf team concluded its first round of competition Sunday at the Edwin Watts / Kiawah Island Spring Classic.
The Mavericks turned in a team score of 25-over par 313 and its in 34th place overall, one stroke behind Tennessee Tech and four behind South Dakota. Host College of Charleston leads the team event with an even par 288. William and Mary is one stroke behind, while Murray State sits in third at 2-over.
Freshman Sydney Garber (Rockwall, Texas) fired UTA's low score of the day, posting a 3-over par 75. She was even par with a pair of birdies to offset two bogeys through the first 14 holes, until consecutive bogeys on 16-18 put her at 3-over.
Ava Schwienteck (Magnolia, Texas) turned in a 5-over par 77. She was 2-over headed into the 14th hole and suffered an 8 to move to 6-over. Schwienteck made par on 15 and 16 then pulled a stroke back with a birdie on the par 5 17th hole.
Kate Tran (Arlington, Texas) finished at 6-over par 78, while redshirt freshman Allison Wade (Arlington, Texas) carded a 10-over par 82. Wade is competing in the tournament as an individual. Junior Rachel Phillips (Plano) is at 11-over, while Madigan Murray (McKinney, Texas) suffered a difficult front nine but recovered well to finish at 15-over par.
Of the 218 golfers in the field, only 18 were able to post a score under par.
The 42-team event returns to action Monday on two different golf courses with two waves of start times to accommodate the large field. The golfers will play the 5,964-yard, par 72 Osprey Point Golf Club and the 5,941-yard, par 72 Oak Point Golf Club. Both courses are located at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, home of the 2021 PGA Championship.
The tournament format consists of 54 total holes with one round each day, Sunday through Tuesday. The low four scores from each team's designated five golfers count toward the team total. The first wave, which includes UTA in a twosome with Presbyterian College on Oak Point Golf Club, begins at 7:45 a.m. (CST) with a second wave going off at 12 p.m. (CST).
UTA returns to action on March 19-21 at the ORU/SFA Spring Break Shootout at Trophy Club (Texas) Country Club. The team plays five regular season spring events prior to the annual Sun Belt Conference Championships, which are scheduled for April 16-18 at Raven Golf Course in Miramar Beach, Fla.
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