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FSU’s Lottie Woad, Clemson Team Lead After Round 1 at NCAA DI Golf Championship

FSU's Lottie Woad leads the pack after the first round with a 65.

Friday’s round opened with some rain drizzling down on players and overcast skies. While there wasn’t a ton of rain, some players in the morning wave took advantage of the softer greens and went low. The afternoon wave saw some wind but not enough to prevent some players from making plenty of birdies.

2024 NCAA DI Women’s Golf Leaderboard After Round 1

Below are the overall leaders after the first day at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

Team Leaderboard

1. Clemson (-8)
2. Texas A&M (-7)
T3. Stanford (-3)
T3. Auburn (-3)
T3. Northwestern (-3)
T6. San Jose State (-2)
T6. Duke (-2)
T6. Arizona State (-2)
T9. Mississippi State (-1)
T9. Oklahoma State (-1)
T9. Florida State (-1)
T12. Michigan State (E)
T12. Arkansas (E)
14. LSU (+1)
T15. UCLA (+3)
T15. Pepperdine (+3)
17. Oregon (+6)
T18. Purdue (+7)
T18. Wake Forest (+7)
20. South Carolina (+8)
T21. Ole Miss (+11)
T21. Texas (+11)
T21. Southern California (+11)
T21. Oregon State (+11)
T25. Vanderbilt (+12)
T25. Baylor (+12)
T27. Virginia (+13)
T27. North Carolina (+13)
29. SMU (+14)
30. Tulsa (+15)

Top 10 Individuals

1. Lottie Woad (Florida State, -7)
2. Isabella Rawl (Clemson, -6)
T3. Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (Oklahoma State, -4)
T3. Louisa Carlbom (San Jose State, -4)
T3. Sophie Linder (Ole Miss, -4)
T3. Adela Cernousek (Texas A&M, -4)
T3. Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio (Texas A&M, -4)
T8. Louise Rydqvist (South Carolina, -3)
T8. Annabella Pancake (Clemson, -3)
T8. Anna Davis (Auburn, -3)
T8. Carolina Canales (UCLA, -3)
T8. Phoebe Brinker (Duke, -3)

Morning Wave Leaders

In the morning wave, Florida State’s Lottie Woad (pictured above), a sophomore from Farnham, England, and Clemson’s Isabella Rawl, a sophomore from Lexington, SC, battled for the individual lead. After several handoffs and an equal number of birdies (8), Woad took the ultimate lead with a 7-under 65; Rawl shot 66 (-6).

Clemson's Isabella Rawl shoots 8 birdies at the NCAA DI Women's Golf Championship in 2024.
Clemson’s Isabella Rawl shoots to 2nd after Round 1. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.

Rawl’s score helped Clemson clench and maintain the team lead after the morning wave at 8-under.

Afternoon Wave Leaders

In the afternoon, Sophie Linder, an Ole Miss freshman from Carthage, Tenn., kicked off her round with three consecutive birdies, shooting 4-under on her front nine. Tied for 2nd individually at one point, a couple bogeys at the end left her in a five-way tie for third at 4-under overall.

Ole Miss' Sophie Linder kicks off her 2024 NCAA Golf Championship with 3 birdies in a row.
Sophie Linder of Ole Miss shot 6 birdies in Round 1. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.

Texas A&M’s Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio, a freshman from Madrid, Spain, also had a hot start with four birdies on her front nine, but she too finished at 4-under alongside teammate Adela Cernousek.

Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio of Texas A&M chats with her teammate at the 2024 NCAA DI Women's Golf Championship.
Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio (right) chats with teammate Jennie Park. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.

Fun Highlights

Four players eagled today:

  • Paula Schulz-Hanssen (Arizona State) scored a 2 on par-4 hole 17
    Arizona State's Paula Schulz-Hanssen hits an approach shot on hole 14 at the 2024 NCAA DI Women's Golf Championship.
    Arizona State’s Paula Schulz-Hanssen hits an approach shot on hole 14. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.
  • Veronika Kedronovo (Individual, Kent State) scored a 2 on par-4 hole 4
    Kent State's individual qualifier Veronika Kedronova lines up her tee shot at par-3 hole 3.
    Kent State’s individual qualifier Veronika Kedronova lines up her tee shot at par-3 hole 3. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.
  • Meghan Royal (UCLA) scored a 3 on par-5 hole 2
    UCLA's Meghan Royal tees off at the 2024 NCAA DI Women's Golf Championship.
    UCLA’s Meghan Royal tees off hole 2. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.
  • Ellie Bushnell (Oklahoma State) scored a 2 on par-4 hole 1 (her 10th hole of the day)
Ellie Bushnell of Oklahoma State teeing off on hole 1.
Ellie Bushnell of Oklahoma State teeing off on hole 1. Kelly Okun, Fairway to Green.

We also caught Virginie Ding, a Vanderbilt senior from Hong Kong, China, making a birdie on par-3 hole 3 to help her ultimately land 1-under for the day and add to her count of 7 total birdies today.

 
 
 
 
 
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