SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In the first-ever post-season appearance in school history, the North Texas women's golf team battled the best in the nation and sit alone in 13th place after the opening round of the NCAA Central Region tournament. The Mean Green shot a 311 in the first round and is in front of No. 14 Tulane, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 44 UNLV, and No. 47 Oklahoma State after 18 holes.
After a tough start to the round after opening on the 10th tee, the Mean Green made up ground on their final nine holes of the day with five birdies in their final nine holes. Chandra Alexander shot a 3-over par 75 and is tied for 27th place while Addison Long had a 4-over par 76 and is tied for 36th place.
Alexander was 1-under par after four holes and had only four bogeys on the day to go along with 13 pars on the day. Long had two birdies on the day and was 2-over par on both the front and back nine holes.
Kelsey Kipp was 7-over par on the day with a 79 while Jacey Chun and Chaslyn Chrismer both shot 9-over par on the day. Chun had the most birdies on the day for North Texas with three, but she also had three double bogeys which held her back during the round.
North Texas is four strokes behind No. 11 Arkansas and five behind No. 17 Texas and No. 30 Ohio State after the first round.
The top eight teams from the Central Region advance to the NCAA Championship and the Mean Green is only eight strokes behind Chattanooga for the eighth spot after the first round.
The second round continues tomorrow from the Warren Course and live stats can be found at www.golfstat.com.