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.

Freshman Seher Atwal shot 82 and is tied for 50th at 10-over par. Lexie Toth is tied for 60th after an opening round 84.

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.