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Golf: USC struggles at nationals

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The return of the South Carolina women's golf team to the NCAA Championships did go as smoothly as the Gamecocks hoped Tuesday.

All five South Carolina players struggled and the team posted an 18-over-par 306, which leaves the team in 21st place in the 24-team field.

Furman, shot a 24-over-par 212 and is 23rd.

Southern Cal holds a five-shot team lead after an opening-round 4-under 284. UCLA and Auburn are tied for second.

In the individual competition, Wake Forest's Nannette Hill shot a record 5-under 67 on the University of New Mexico Championship Course. She leads five golfers by two shots.

Benedicte Toumpsin, who won the East Regional this month, struggled to a 4-over 76 and is tied for 77th in the 126 player field. Toumpsin, a sophomore, double bogeyed the second hole and bogeyed the third and fourth before steadying her round.

Bly Worley turned in the top score for the Gamecocks, a 3-over 75, highlighted by three consecutive front-nine birdies.

Furman was led by Stefanie Kenoyer's 4-over 76 and Jackie Hilea's 5-over 77.

Nev Mexico Championship Course

At Albuquerque, N.M.

Par: 72 Yards: 6,424

First round

Tuesday

Team results



Southern Cal 284—284 -4
UCLA 289—289 +1
Auburn 289—289 +1
Arizona State 290—290 +2
Denver 293—293 +5
Wake Forest 293—293 +5
Oklahoma State 294—294 +6
Texas A&M 295—295 +7
Virginia 296—296 +8
Alabama 296—296 +8
Georgia 297—297 +9
Tulsa 297—297 +9
TCU 298—298 +10
Texas 298—298 +10
UC Davis 298—298 +10
Arkansas 298—298 +10
Purdue 298—298 +10
Duke 299—299 +11
LSU 300—300 +12
Florida 301—301 +13
S. Carolina 306—306 +18
Arizona 307——307 +19
Furman +24 312—312 +24
UNLV 314—314 +26
Individual leader board



Nannette Hill, Wake Forest 67—67 -5
Sydnee Michaels, UCLA 69—69 -3
Belen Mozo, Southern Cal 69—69 -3
Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 69—69 -3
Alexandra Phelps, New Mexico 69—69 -3
Candace Schepperle, Auburn 69—69 -3
Lene Krog, Virginia 70—70 -2
Paola Moreno, Southern Cal 70—70 -2
USC participants



T57. Bly Worley 75—75 +3
T77. Benedicte Toumpsin 76—76 +4
T90. Whitney Simons 77—77 +5
T98. Camila Mori 78—78 +6
Furman participants



T77. Stefanie Kenoyer 76—76 +4
T90. Jackie Hilea 77—77 +5
T106. Blair Lamb 79—79 +7
T113. Ashley Baker 80—80 +8
T113. Corrine Carr 80—80 +8
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