FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Vanderbilt got off to a fine start Friday at the Mason Rudolph Championships and sits alone in second place after 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament.
Led by freshman Lynn Lim, Vandy finished with a 5-under-par 283 and is one stroke back of Arizona ahead of Saturday’s second round. Mississippi State (-4) is in third place.
“If I’m being honest I wasn’t sure what kind of score we’d post today with the early windy conditions and two freshmen playing in their first Mason,” Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen said. “I saw a team that never panicked when things got hard and I saw a group of young ladies that played with a lot of heart all day long.”
Lim, from Gallatin, is tied with Auburn’s Megan Schofill and Arizona’s Nana Wongthanavimok who are all 4-under-par after an opening-day 68. Lim carded five birdies on the day, including three of the front nine.
One stroke back of Lim is Vandy senior Celina Sattelkau with a 69. Sattelkau had an eagle on 8 and birdied her final two holes.
Tillie Claggett, also a freshman for Vanderbilt, finished with a 70 to sit two strokes off the lead. Tess Davenport and Natasha Kiel are each tied for 48th after shooting a 76 Friday.
Vanderbilt also has four individuals in the field and Virginie Ding (tied for 30th) led that quartet Friday with a 74. Jayna Choi (tied for 57th) finished with a 77, Ariel Yu (tied for 66th) had a 79 and Meghan Meserole (76th) carded an 83
The Commodores are scheduled to tee off at 10:10 Saturday alongside Mississippi State and Arizona. Live scoring for the event can be found HERE.
“We know there’s a lot of golf left this weekend but we’re excited about the opportunity to go out Saturday and take it one shot at a time,” Allen said.