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Team leader(s): T-1. Alabama, California (7-over 295)
Individual leader: Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State (7-under 65)
In positions (the next seven): T-3. Florida, Kent State (296); 5. Oklahoma State (298); T-6. UCLA, Minnesota (299)
Chasing (still work to do): T-8. Mississippi State, North Carolina (302); 10. Wichita State (303); 11. Ohio State (305)
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Frontrunners: The weather started with sleeting rain, but ended in sunshine in Stillwater, Okla.
No. 11 Alabama and No. 35 California lead after the first round of the NCAA Women’s Central Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
The Tide were led by sophomore Emma Talley after a 4-under 68, which consisted of five birdies and a bogey. Talley currently sits in solo second. SEC Player of the Year, Stephanie Meadow, shot 1-over 73 to add to the team total.
For the Golden Bears, Hannah Suh shot an even-par 72, while Nicola Roessler and Carly Childs finished the day with 2-over 74s on the par-72, 6,200-yard course.
The scores were high on the first day of competition, but five other teams are only four shots back of the leaders.
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WINNING: Freshman Wad Phaewchiplee shot a bogey-free, 7-under 65.
Phaewchiplee, from Thailand, was the only player to not make a bogey in the opening round. She made birdies on Nos. 1, 5, 12, 15 and 16 while adding in an eagle at the 490-yard, par-5 ninth.
Phaewchiplee’s 65 is her lowest competitive round for the Flash in eight events. Her 65 also put her into the Kent State record books as it matched its 18-hole scoring record.
Phaewchiplee currently holds a three-shot lead over Talley. In a tie for third is Phaewchiplee’s teammate Natalie Goodson, North Carolina’s Katherine Perry and Florida’s Sarah Schober after 1-under 71s.
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SHORT SHOTS: Only five players shot under par at Karsten Creek on Thursday where the scoring average was 77.99. . . . Fifth-ranked Arkansas shot 21-over 309 in the first round and sits T-16. . . . Alison Lee, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings shot an opening-round, 3-over 75 to sit in a tie for 25th. . . . The 19th seed in the Central Regional, Minnesota, is T-6 after an 11-over 299 in the first round. It was a historical year for the Gophers as the team won its first tournament in six years. . . . Ranked 15th by Golfweek, LSU shot 21-over 309.