BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – The UNCW women’s golf team combined for a team total 335 and sits in 14th place after the first round of the LSU Tiger Golf Classic Friday at The University Club.

The Seahawks are 12 shots back of 13th-place Louisiana Monroe and 13 strokes back of 12th-place Mississippi after the first day of the 54-hole event. No. 8 Arkansas holds the team lead with an opening round result of five-over-par 293. Tulane (298) is five shots back of the Razorbacks while Florida State (301) and TCU (301) are tied for third.

“The golf course won the battle today,” said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. “The University Club is a challenging golf course and the conditions were tough for scoring. We needed to find a way to manage the course and not make so many big numbers but didn't execute our shots well enough overall as a team this round.”

Junior Lori Beth Adams carded a five-over-par 77 to earn a share of 26th place and lead the Seahawks on Friday. Junior Megan Burnham is six shots back of Adams in a tie for 55th with an 83. Sophomore Mattie Tobey (87/T-73rd), senior Danielle Lamy (88/T-75th) and junior Jeanne Metivier (89/78th) completed UNCW’s entry. Sophomore Mallory Warrick, competing as an individual entry, posted an 83 and is part of a tie with Burnham for 55th.

Lori Beth Adams was able to bounce back and compose herself after making a triple early in the round when she mistakenly hit a wrong ball from the hazard and was penalized two strokes,” Ho added. “She's still in a good position in the individual portion of the tournament and will look to move up the leaderboard.”

Three players - Arkansas’ Gabriela Lopez, Tennessee’s Erica Popson and Tulane’s Maribel Lopez Porras – are tied for the individual lead after Friday’s opening round. Four players are one shot back of the trio in a deadlock for fourth at even par.

Second round action in the LSU Tiger Golf Classic begins Saturday with a shotgun start slated for 9:30 a.m. EST.

“We have to put this round behind us now and focus on playing better golf tomorrow from tee to green,” Ho said.