Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Pan Paksanont fired an opening round 76 as the USC Upstate women's golf team is tied for second place following first round action at the Low Country Intercollegiate on Saturday afternoon from the par 72, 5922-yard Moss Creek Golf Club.
The Spartans battled tough winds and fast greens to sit in a four-way tie for second place at 320 with Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and High Point. Upstate is just one stroke back of first place Dalton State heading into the final round on Sunday.
Paksanont is also tied for second place in the individual standings after her first round 76 with Quinnipiac's Luciana Tobia and trails day one leader Celia Mansour of Presbyterian College by three strokes.
Payton Culler concluded her first round just outside the top 15 after carding an 80 and is tied for 18th place. Sidney Dermody is one stroke behind Culler in a tie for 24th position at 81. Anna Chanthaphaeng and Allea Hawkins round out the standings for the Spartans as both posted rounds of 83 and are tied for 41st.
Dalton State had an opening round 319 and Mansour finished at 1-over 73.
The final round of the Low Country Intercollegiate will tee off Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.
- Upstate led after 10 holes of play on Saturday which is the first time in school history that it has held a lead at that point in a Division I tournament field consisting of six or more teams. A total of 14 Division I schools are competing this weekend at the Low Country Intercollegiate.
- The Spartans are also in their best position of tied for second overall out of 17 teams after play on day one.
- Upstate currently leads the tournament in par 3 scoring with a 3.20 stroke average, and ranks fifth in par 4 scoring with a 4.50 stroke average and eighth in par 5 scoring with a 5.70 stroke average.
- The Spartans also lead the Low Country Intercollegiate with 50 pars, and added four birdies on the day with Culler recording two and Hawkins and Paksanont contributing one each.
- Paksanont is first with 13 pars and ranks tied for fifth in par 3 scoring (E, 3.00 stroke average), tied for seventh in par 4 scoring (+3, 4.30 stroke average) and tied for ninth in par 5 scoring (+1, 5.25 stroke average).
- Paksanont combined for 27 putts in round one which is her best mark this season.
- Chanthaphaeng is also tied with Paksanont for fifth in par 3 scoring.
- Chanthaphaeng and Dermody are both tied for 10th among the tournament field with ten pars.
- Upstate will tee off Sunday morning on holes 1-3 with the lead group.