FINDLAY, Ohio (May 17, 2017) – Fighting through warm, windy conditions, Rollins began defense of its national title with a first round 319 at Findlay Country Club to sit ninth with three rounds left to play.
Second-ranked Dallas Baptist opened a 10-shot lead on the field with an 11-over 299. Top ranked Barry is second with 309 (+21) strokes while Indianapolis is a shot back in third (310, +22). The third ranked Tars are one back of Missouri-St. Louis and Augustana and one stroke ahead of Lee.
Rollins started its day on the back-nine where red numbers were rare for all teams.
Selin Timur is tied for 13th after an opening four-over 76 to lead the Tars. The freshman was one-over through the first six holes before closing the first nine with birdie-par-birdie. She found another birdie on the par-five first and moved atop the leaderboard. Timur then ran into a rough patch with four-straight bogeys and finished with a double to slide into a tie for 13th.
Senior Paige Lyle turned in an eight-over 80 and is tied for 36th to start her fourth NCAA National Championship Tournament. She was five-over at the turn and found some momentum on the next-nine, including a birdie on the par-5 fourth. Madison Lellyo is a shot back in a tie for 42nd with an opening round 81. The junior was three-over on the back-nine and played the front at six-over.
The University of Findlay is serving as host of the event at Findlay Country Club.
Rollins will start round-two on the front, playing with Dallas Baptist and UIndy beginning at 9:20 a.m. Fans can follow the action live on GolfStat.com.