REUNION, Fla. - The Notre Dame women own a two-stroke lead after the first round of play at the 2012 BIG EAST Women's Golf Championship held at The Watson Course at Reunion Resort & Club in Reunion, Fla. The Irish are looking for their fifth team title in the 10-year history of the championship.
Notre Dame shot 296 as a team to hold a two-shot advantage over USF after day one. Irish freshman Ashley Armstrong is tied for the lead individually after shooting a one over-par score of 73. Armstrong finished the round with five bogeys, four birdies and nine pars. Senior Becca Huffer and sophomore Kristina Nhim are both one stroke off the pace and are tied for third with five other players. Both players are two over-par after firing rounds of 74.
USF finished with a score of 298 as senior Kelli Pry tied for first place with a one over-par 73. Bulls juniors Shena Yang and Amy West also finished the opening round tied for third with rounds of 74.
Rutgers who entered the championship as the seventh-ranked team in the BIG EAST finished the first round in third place with a score of 311. Louisville stands in fourth place with a score of 312. Cardinal freshman Emily Haas is tied for third place with an opening round score of 74.
St. John's and Seton Hall are tied for fifth place with scores of 314. Jennifer Neville of St. John's and Hannah Basalone of Seton Hall are both part of the group with scores of two-over par and are tied for third place.
Cincinnati is in seventh place with a score of 315 while Georgetown finished the opening round in eighth place with a score of 319.
Second round action begins Monday at 8 a.m. Eastern.