SORRENTO, Fla. -- Behind the solid play of sophomores Ines Lescudier (Marseille, France / Tulane) and Kaew Preamchuen (Chachoengsao, Thailand / Datdaruni School), the Kennesaw State women's golf team opened its 2012-13 spring season in impressive fashion and finds itself in contention after 18 holes of the UCF Challenge that opened Sunday at the par-72, 6,374 yard RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.
Ines shot a first-round 3-under par 69 and Preamchuen finished at 1-under par 71 to help the Owls record and opening round of 4-over par 292 and are in seventh place, eight shots behind South Carolina, which recorded a 4-under par 284. The Gamecocks hold a three-shot advantage over North Carolina, host UCF and Augusta State, who posted 1-under par scores of 287.
Tulane (288) is in fifth place and followed by East Carolina (289), which is three shots ahead of Kennesaw State.
"Today was a great way to start the spring season. Our goal heading into this round was to be patient and play smart golf," Owls head coach Rhyll Brinsmead said. "The course is a very good test of golf that requires accurate course management. I'm very proud of how the team stuck with our plan and the results are evident. With that said we did falter on a few holes and we will approach these holes differently tomorrow."
Teeing off on the 10th hole and recording a 1-over par 37 through her opening nine, Lescudier recorded a 4-under 32 on the final nine holes that included three birdies and an eagle three on the par-5, 469-yard second hole. She is currently tied for fourth with three other players and two shots behind Augusta State teammates Casey Kennedy and Natalie Wille who share the lead at 5-under par 67.
"Ines's round today was very impressive," Brinsmead said. "She putted very well and her ball striking put her in position to make birdies. She holed out from 83 yards for an eagle (on the second hole) and really took advantage of that momentum."
Premachuen carried over the momentum from a strong fall campaign by recording three birdies and just one bogey en route to a 1-under round of 71 and tie for 13th place.
Senior Ket Preamchuen (Chachoengsao, Thailand / Benchamaratrungsarit 2 School) got off to a good start for the Owls, shooting even par through the first nine holes before posting a triple bogey and double bogey on her final nine. However, she did post three birdies on the backside, including one on the ninth hole that allowed her to finish at 2-over par 74 and tied for 35th.
Freshman Brittany Jarrett (Tift, Ga / Tift County HS) recorded a 6-over 78 and senior Molly Winnett (Gardendale, Ala. / Gardendale HS) finished her first round at 7-over par 79.
Second-round action continues on Tuesday with the Owls grouped with Miami and Texas State and scheduled to tee off from the first hole beginning at 8:30 a.m. (ET). All the action can be followed live on the Internet at www.golfstatresults.com.
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