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Rollins Opens NCAA Championship in Seventh

Seher Atwal is Even and Tied for 12th to lead the Tars
Seher Atwal is Even and Tied for 12th to lead the Tars

HOUSTON, Texas (May 16, 2018) – Rollins shot an opening round 302 Wednesday and grabbed seventh to start the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Round 1 Scoring

The challenging front-nine proved to be the difference maker. The Tars started on the back and were in the top-five at the turn, but played the front at 12-over in the afternoon.

The University of Indianapolis was collectively two-under on the front and leads the field after posting a two-under 286. The Greyhounds have all players in the top-16 on the individual leaderboard. Dallas Baptist turned in a two-over 290 to sit second and defending national champion Barry is third, four-over after a 292. Cal Baptist (293) and Nova Southeastern (296) round out the top-five.

Seher Atwal leads eighth-ranked Rollins, firing an even-par 72 and sitting tied for 12th. The sophomore took bogeys on No. 15 and No. 17 and fell to two-over before back-to-back birdies on No. 18 and No. 1 to get back level. She then finished the day with eight-straight pars.

Senior Lexie Toth is two-over for the event and tied for 27th with an opening round 74. She bogeyed No. 11 and No. 15 before posting a birdie-three on No. 17. A bogey came on No. 4 and she closed the day with five pars.

Like Toth, also playing in a fourth-straight national championship, Madison Lellyo is tied for 34th at four-over with a 76. She was even through six holes with a bogey on No. 13 and birdie on No. 15. The Orlando native then hit a rough patch and dropped five strokes before a birdie-two on No. 8 and bar on the closing hole got her back on track.

Freshman Lara van Staden is tied for 57th at eight-over with a first-round 80. She was seven-over at the turn and grabbed a birdie on No. 2 to get on track. Selin Timur shot a first round 82 and is tied for 64th with at 10-over.

Casey Wild of Tarleton State and Kiira Riihiijavi from Tampa both shot three-under scores of 69 and are tied for the first-round lead.

The second of the tournaments four rounds at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston is set for Thursday, May 17 with Rollins teeing off on No. 1 starting at 9:20 a.m. Central. The Tars are grouped with West Texas A&M and Indianapolis for the second-straight day.

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