GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Senior Lori Beth Adams carded a two-under-par 70 to lead UNCW in the first round of the Lady Paladin Invitational Friday at the Furman University Golf Course.

Adams, a native of Burlington, N.C., is in fifth place, two shots off the pace of co-leaders Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson and Eunice Yi of GRU Augusta as both players opened the event by shooting four-under-par. Casey Kennedy of GRU Augusta and Sloan Shanahan of Clemson are both one stroke back of the leaders in a tie for second at three-under.

“Lori Beth was very consistent today,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “I believe she hit 15 greens in regulation and had many good looks at birdie. She had a very solid round today and because of it she has put herself in contention amongst a very-talented field.”

Led by Adams’ under-par effort, the Seahawks opened the tournament with a team total of 302 to earn a share of eighth place along with Georgia State, Texas A&M and Wofford. Senior Laverry Kumar fired an opening-round 76 and holds a share of 33rd place while junior Mallory Warrick posted a 77 and is part of a nine-way tie for 48th. Senior Megan Burnham (79/T-71st) and sophomore Elizabeth Hall (86/88th) completed the Seahawks lineup.

“Overall I was pleased with our effort today,” said Ho. “We had a slow start with us starting on the back nine, which I feel is the tougher of the two nines on the course. We made some bogies early on that could have derailed us, but the team did a good job of staying patient and that is a sign of that we are starting to use our experience to our advantage.”  

GRU Augusta sits atop the team leaderboard after the opening 18 holes with a three-under-par result of 285. Clemson is two shots back of the Jaguars with a one-under-par total of 287 while host Furman and Wisconsin are tied for third with two-over-par results of 290.  

Due to the threat of inclement weather, Saturday’s second round will begin with a shotgun start slated for 9 a.m.