Broussard, La. – Junior Amanda Hall led the USC Upstate women's golf team with a 78 in the first round of the Le Triomphe Collegiate hosted by McNeese State Monday afternoon. Upstate shot a 342 in the first round, but second round play was suspended due to darkness with the teams out on the course.
The second round will be completed Tuesday morning. The players will return to the course for the third and final round after the second round is completed.
"It was a long day on a long, windy course," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "It was a fair test of golf and it really challenged each player's ability to hit their woods and irons. Amanda put together a great morning round and led us throughout the second round until play was stopped. I am proud of her composure and mental toughness."
Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) posted two birdies and played the back nine in 1-over-par to lead the Upstate cause in the first round. She shot a 78 and is tied for ninth in the large field of 88 players. She began the second round just four shots out of the lead.
Despite Hall's effort, the windy conditions caused some high scores out of a number of players in the field. Upstate finished the day with a team score of 342. The Spartans, 14th in the 16-team field, are just three shots out of 12th and 15 out of a Top 10 finish.
Lamar opened with a 311 in the first round to take the lead. Florida Gulf Coast is tied with host McNeese State in second at 312. The two teams are followed on the leaderboard by South Alabama (320), Xavier (321), Houston Baptist (321), Central Arkansas (324), Sam Houston State (326), Toledo (326), Chicago State (327), McLennan CC (327), Shorter (339), Centenary (340), Upstate (342), Stephen F. Austin (345) and Texas-Pan American (346).
Taylor Barnes (Spartanburg, S.C.) shot the second-lowest score for Upstate in the first round, an 86. Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) opened with an 88, while Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.) shot a 90. Marissa Clontz (Greenville, S.C.) rounded out the scoring with a 92.
Four players shot a 74 in the first round to share the lead heading into the second round of play.