Senior Emie Peronnin opened play at the NCAA Columbus Regional on Monday, hosted by Ohio State University at its Scarlet Course.
The second round will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Rawls Golf Course.
Brooklyn Hocker also finished in the top 20 in day one of the three-day NCAA Regional. The Racers didn't shoot themselves out of it and are in the hunt at nine shots from the sixth spot, now held down by San Diego State at 298.
The Lady Raiders, who are tied with top-seed UCLA in third place, trail first-day leader Arizona State by three strokes and are two back of second-place OR heading into Tuesday's second round. The rest of the top-10 included Oklahoma (299), Furman and Texas (300) and UNLV (301). Minnesota State is in 15th with a 2-over par 290.
Fellow rookie Allyson Geer finished day one with a 2-over-par 74, going 1-over-par on both the front and back nine, and is slotted in a tie for 24th place. Lucila Puente Rodiguez de Austria had a 76 and was in 36th place. "I did really want those two birdies, too, and after 18, after I made that birdie putt, I just felt all the nerves wash away".More news: India to take part in Champions Trophy, says board
Gabby Barker had a similar successful round with a 1-over card that featured an eagle at the par-5 2nd as well as a birdie on the No. 7 hole. The Wildcats also shot three rounds under par as a team this season - including a school record 277 (11-under par) in the final round of the Ron Moore Women's Intercollegiate - and are in the running for the best team stroke average in program history. Anna Moore carded an 84 and was in 90th place. "(Assistant coach) Caroline Powers has played this course so many times and I've walked it even more times, so that is a big help". "It should be a very exciting regional championship with a lot of teams in the mix".
The Racers weren't without some bright spots though.
Outside of Arizona State the teams now in position to advance are OR (+6) in second place, Texas Tech (+8) and UCLA (+8) are tied for third, BYU (+9) is fifth while San Diego State (+10) sits in fifth.
The junior made three-straight pars before making her birdie putt on the par-3 No. 6 hole. Le Moyne College and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) member, Wilmington University are tied for fifth place with a score 304.