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Taylor opens NCAA's with up and down round

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
May 6th, 2011

By The Nelson Daily Sports

Portland State freshman Lauren Taylor of Nelson shot two over-par nine-hole rounds to finish with a 5-over-par 77 during round one of the NCAA Division One Women’s Golf Championships Thursday at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, WA.

Taylor finished the day in a 12-way tied for 54th while the Vikings as a team remain in 12th spot, four shots out of fourth.

Taylor struggled off the first tee, carding a bogey on hole two and a double bogey on the 516-yard par five fourth hole.

But the pride of Nelson scored birdies on two of the next three holes to finish out the round at 38.

Three straight bogeys to start the back nine put a damper on the back round. Taylor rebounded to par out the day for the 77.

Senior Kalyn Dodge led the Vikings of Portland State, finishing the first round of the 54-hole tournament with a total score of 305.
Dodge finished the day carding a 1-over par 73.

The scores of the remaining Vikings had Britney Yada 54th, while Tiffany Schoning and Alexia Brown finished tied for 66th.

The top eight teams in the 24-team field advance to the NCAA Championship, May 18-21, at the Traditions Course in College Station.

Taylor, 19, is back on the 7,304-yard, par 72 Washington National course for round two at 8:55 a.m. Round three of the tournament the Granite Pointe golfer tees off at 1:25 p.m.

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