JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – The Lipscomb women’s golf team opened play at the 2014 Atlantic Sun Championship Monday and finished the day in ninth with a team score of 312 (+23).
Miriam Parker highlighted the day for the Lady Bisons, carding a one-over par 73 and tying the lowest individual round ever shot by a Lipscomb player in the A-Sun Championship.
Parker tied fellow Lady Bison MacKenzy Carter’s 73 in the 2013 A-Sun Championship.
The sophomore from Madison, Miss. carded four of Lipscomb’s five birdies on the day. Parker opened with a 39 on the front nine that included a double bogey on hole No. 9. It did not take her long to get those strokes back, recording back-to-back birdies on her next two holes en route to a two-under par 34 on the back nine.
Parker will enter the second round tied for fifth overall, just two strokes off the lead.
Oak Ridge, Tenn. native Savanna Schubert followed Parker with a five-over par 77. The senior finished Monday with six bogeys and one birdie. Schubert shot 38-39 on the round and is tied for 21st.
Carter, playing in her final A-Sun Championship, opened with an 80 in round one. Carter shot 40 on the front side. After paring the first three holes on the back nine, the Lafayette, Tenn. native bogeyed four of her final six holes to post a 40 and end day one tied for 37th.
Sami Khan looked good through the first seven holes recording six pars to just one bogey, but ran into trouble. Over the next nine holes the junior carded eight bogeys and a double bogey and closed round one with an 82. Khan posted a 39 on the front and 43 on the back. She will begin Tuesday in a tie for 45th.
Sarah McFarlin rounded out the Lady Bisons with an 89. The Nashville native carded 44-45 and finished 50th.
Only six strokes separate the top three teams in the championship after round one. Mercer holds the top spot for the first time in program history with a 294 (+6), followed by Kennesaw State (297; +9) and ETSU (300; +10).
Kaew Preamchuen of KSU and Jessica Welch of Jacksonville fired the only rounds under par, shooting 71 to lead the field.
Round two of the three-round championship will begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. McFarlin will be the first Lady Bison to tee off at 7:45 a.m. on hole No. 10.
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