(AUGUSTA, Ga.) March 16, 2018 -- Carding eight birdies, ETSU standout Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) has put herself in contention after Friday’s first round of the 3M Augusta Invitational.
The junior got as low as 3-under par before finishing with a 2-under 70 on the par-72, 6228-yard Forest Hills Golf Club. She’s tied for 4th, four strokes behind Jillian Hollis of Georgia atop the leaderboard.
The Bucs’ team score of 19-over 307 has them 10th out of 15 squads playing on a sunny, breezy, 73-degree day on the Georgia-South Carolina border. As a team, ETSU was 3rd in birdies (13) and 4th in par-5 scoring (E).
ETSU’s players each started at the back nine, and Loy got to the turn at 1-under 35 after back-to-back birdies on the par-5 8th and the par-4 9th. She bogeyed the par-4 2nd hole, but dropped in consecutive birdies on #4, #5 and #6 to get to -3. A stumble on the par-3 7th left her at -1, but she parred the 8th and closed out the round with a birdie on the par-5 9th.
Loy’s eight birdies were the most on the day, and she led the field in par-5 scoring (-4). Friday was Loy’s 6th round of 70 or better out of 16 played in 2017-2018.
Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) went even par over her last eight holes for the Bucs’ second-best round of the day at +5 77. She birdied the 2nd and the par-3 4th hole. The freshman is tied for 41st out of a field of 87 players.
Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkai, Thailand) was +1 at the turn on the way to a +7 79, with birdies at #4 and the par-5 6th. She’s was tied for 5th on day in par-3 scoring (E) and tied for 55th on the leaderboard.
Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) was +2 at the turn and came home with an 81, putting her in a tie for 73rd. Yeji Ahn (Chang Won City, South Korea) posted an 82 and is in 79th place, ending the day with a birdie on #9.
Georgia leads the team standings at 7-under 281, 12 strokes better than Virginia Tech. The Bulldogs were the only team to finish under par.
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