ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Desiree Andersson is tied for fourth place individually and Campbell is tied for sixth in the team standings following Monday's opening round of the NCAA Women's Golf Albuquerque Regional Championship.
No.-36 Pepperdine leads the 18-team field at one-under 287, three strokes ahead of top-ranked Stanford (290). No.-6 Southern California is tied for third with No.-26 California and No.-40 Washington at seven-over 295. Ranked 48th in the nation and seeded 12th in the event, Campbell is tied with No.-9 Duke at nine-over 297, four in front of No.-16 NC State (301) entering Tuesday's second round.
Andersson made four birdies on the par-72, 6637-yard UNM Championship Course and stands at even par. Teammate Nadine White is tied for 13th at one-over 73, Annelie Sjoholm and Anna Svanka are tied for 41st at 4-over, while Ayelen Irizar is tied for 49th at 5-over-par.
Only three players in the 96-golfer field finished in red numbers, led by NC State's Laura Kowohl at 3-under 69. Tatiana Wijaya of Pepperdine is second at two-under 70, while Albane Valenzuela of Stanford is third (71).
"I'm pleased with the outcome, and we started off well," said Campbell head coach John Crooksm, whose team is ahead of six top-50 schools – including No.-16 Miami and No.-17 Oklahoma State – with 36 holes remaining. "The greens were just better than we were today. I'm exciting about our opportunity. They say you can't win it on the first day, but you can lose it, and we're still in the game."
The top six teams (and top three individuals from non-qualifying teams) from each of four regional sites will advance to the NCAA Championship May 19-24 in Sugar Grove, Ill.
The Big South Conference freshman of the year, Andersson played the par-five holes at 2-under, tied for second in the field, and was even on the par four layouts to tie for fifth. Her four birdies were second only to Kowohl's seven.
White played the par-four holes at 2-under to tie for the lead with Kowohl. Playing in her fourth regional event, White made 12 pars and three birdies. She followed a double bogey on her ninth hole (the par-five 18th) of the day and a bogey on her 10th (par-four 1st) with consecutive birdies.
Sjoholm, the Big South golfer of the year, made 13 pars on the day (tied for 11th) and placed the par-three holes at 1-under (tied for third). Svanka also made 13 pars and was even over her last 12 holes of the day. Irizar played her last nine holes at one over.
Tuesday's second round begins at 7:30 a.m. Campbell will start from the first tee at 8:24 a.m. paired with California and Washington. The 54-hole event concludes Wednesday. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.
2017 NCAA Women's Golf Albuquerque Regional
Albuquerque, N.M. / UNM Championship Course
May 8-10, 2017 / Par 72, 6637 yards
First Round Team Results: 1. Pepperdine 287, 2. Stanford 290, T3. Southern California 295, T3. California 295, T3. Washington 295, T6. Campbell 297, T6. Duke 297, 8. NC State 301, 9. SMU 302, 10. Miami 303, 11. Oklahoma State 304, 12. Denver 305, 13. Illinois 306, 14. New Mexico State 307, 15. Cal Poly 308, 16. Sacramento State 310, 17. Houston Baptist 314, 18. Texas Southern 365.
First Round Individual Leaders: 1. Laura Kowohl (NC State) 69, 2. Tatiana Wijaya (Pepperdine) 70, 3. Albane Valenzuela (Stanford) 71, T4. Sarah Rhee (Washington) 72, T4. Patricia Wong (Pepperdine) 72, T4. Marthe Wold (California) 72, T4. Desiree Andersson (Campbell) 72, T4. Maria Herraez Galvez (California) 72, T4. Julianne Alvarez (Washington) 72, T4. Hira Naveed (Pepperdine) 72, T4. Shannan Aubert (Stanford) 72, T4. Victoria Morgan (Southern Cal) 72, T4. Casey Danielson (Stanford) 72.