Piscataway, N.J. – Sophomore standout Amanda Hall opened with a 76 to lead the USC Upstate women's golf team to a 322 in the first round of the Rutgers Invitational Friday afternoon at the Rutgers University Golf Course. Hall will enter Saturday's final round tied for sixth individually.
Hall's (Tega Cay, S.C.) performance helped Upstate to a tie for 10th place after the first round. The Spartans are tied with Monmouth and are four shots out of a top five finish. Hall paced the Spartans on the day with her second-lowest first round effort of the season.
"Amanda had a great round," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "She made some birdies and quite a few pars. It made the few missed shots she had less damaging to her final score."
Rutgers opened the tournament with a 303 to take the lead by two strokes over Boston College at 305. St. John's stands third at 312 and is followed by Seton Hall (315), Delaware (318), Hartford (318), Sacred Heart (320), Siena (320), Fairleigh Dickinson (321), Upstate (322), Monmouth (322), Fairfield (328), Hofstra (329), Boston University (331), Wagner (332), Long Island-Brooklyn (342), Central Connecticut (343), Mount St. Mary's (343) and Quinnipiac (367) in the 19-team field.
In addition to Hall, Rachel Lewis (Llanishen, Wales) also posted a score in the 70s, finishing with a 79. She is tied for 25th heading into Saturday's final round. Taylor Pleier (Spartanburg, S.C.) carded an 82 and is tied for 47th, while Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) finished with an 85. Kaitlyn Prescott (Piedmont, S.C.), playing in her first tournament as a Spartan, finished with a 92.
Boston College's Eunice Yim opened the tournament with a 74 to take the first round lead. Four players finished the day with a 75 and are tied for second.
The final round will start with a shotgun start at 8:15 am.