Women's Golf Finishes Strong In First Round At NCAA Championships

Wilmington, N.C.-After a slow start Tuesday morning, the San Jose State women's golf team rebounded with a strong showing and shot a 298 in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships at the Pete Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall.

San Jose State, who started teeing off at 8:00 a.m. EDT (5:00 a.m. Pacific), started 10-over par for the first five holes.  The Spartans then seemed to "come alive" and shot even par for the rest of the round.  The team had 12 birdies on the round including seven on the back-nine.

"I think we were nervous this morning," said San Jose State head coach John Dormann.  "We have not been to nationals since 2001, so nerves were to be expected.  Once we settled down, we were able to play our game and remember what we focus on this year - patience and poise.  Any score under 300 is a good score which is our goal.

"Our short game was pretty good again today.  We had to save pars on some holes and were able to do that.  That is what you have to do on a championship course like this one."

Shraddhanjali Singh led the Spartans with a one-over par 73 Tuesday morning.  She made a team-high four birdies on her round.  Singh is the only Spartan player with experience at any NCAA Championship as she played twice at the NCAA Division II Championships (2007 and 2008) for Tarleton State.

"I had a good round today," said Singh.  "I started my round with a bogey, but I was able to make a birdie two holes later.  I was hitting shots left, but Dana (Dormann) talked to me and helped me get my confidence back. 

"Playing here is wonderful.  I moved to Division I to help my game, and playing at this championship is what we all worked for over the past year."

Cristina Corpus and Madeleine Ziegert each shot a 74, two-over par.  Corpus made just one birdie on her round, par-four 15th which she made a putt from the edge of the green.  She made par on 14 holes including her final eight holes of the day.  Ziegert made three birdies, holes five, seven and 18.  She also made 11 pars on the day.

"I wasn't playing my best golf today," said Corpus.  My swing was off today, and I did not have a lot of confidence in it.  So I had to rely on my chipping and putting more which was working. 

"I am just really excited to be playing at this championship.  I have always dreamed of playing here, and I told my teammates that we should be very happy to be here."

Katrina Delen-Briones shot a five-over par 77 in her first round.  After shooting five-over for her first nine holes, she rebounded with the last nine holes, shooting even par with birdies on the second and fifth holes and bogeys on the third and eighth holes.

Jody Ho rounded out the Spartan scoring with an 83.  She was able to make birdies on the fifth and 18th holes.

San Jose State can now rest as they do not tee-off on Wednesday until 12:30 p.m. EDT/9:30 a.m. PDT, from the first tee. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com, and a link is available on the Spartan web site under "Live."

 Some photos from Tuesday.