Hagsund third, Seahawks 16th at East Regional

UNCW Press Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida –Junior Sofia Hagsund posted a career-low 70 and sits in a tie for third place after the first round of the 2011 NCAA East Regionals Thursday at the LPGA International Legends Course.

Hagsund is just one shot back of individual leaders Jessica Alexander of Coastal Carolina and Jessica Negron of Florida State after carding an opening round 70 that featured three birdies and just one bogey on the par-72, 6,273-yard layout. Hagsund is part of a three-way deadlock for third with California's Daniela Holmqvist and Catherine O'Donnell of UNC Chapel Hill.

"Sofia had her best round of the year today," said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. "She hit the ball really well and did a great job putting the ball, finishing the round with only 23 putts. She's in a great position individually."

UNCW is tied with host Stetson for 16th after posting an opening round result of 16-over-par 304. Freshman Laverry Kumar is tied for 69th after a five-over-par 77 while classmate Lori Beth Adams is one shot back of Kumar in a tie for 85th at six-over-par 78. Senior Cristina Manrique (79/T-92nd) and freshman Jeanne Metivier (82/T-109) round out the Seahawks entry.

"I was very pleased with our performance today," said Ho. "I thought we started the round off very well and played really steady through the first 12 holes. We struggled at the end on a couple of holes when the wind picked up more and we lost some shots."

"Sofia, Laverry and Jeanne started off great for us," Ho continued. "Lori Beth was a little nervous at the beginning but bounced back really well on the back nine. Cristina played some of her best golf through 15 holes."

Coastal Carolina holds a one-shot lead over No. 3 Alabama after the Chanticleers opened the tournament with a two-under-par team total of 286. The Crimson Tide was the only other team to break par as it finished with a one-under-par result of 287. No. 9 California is four shots back of Coastal Carolina in third after opening the event with a two-over-par finish of 290.

Second-round action at the 2011 NCAA East Regional begins Friday at 8 a.m. The Seahawks are scheduled to open their round on the No. 1 hole at 8:45 a.m.