SOUTHPORT, North Carolina – Led by seniors Laverry Kumar and Lori Beth Adams, the UNCW women's golf team combined for a team total of 310 and is in second place after the first round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Golf Championship Friday at the St. James Plantation Reserve Club.
Winners of four of the last seven conference title, UNCW sits eight shots back of league newcomer College of Charleston as the Cougars posted a 302 team score during Friday's opening round. Delaware (311) is one shot back of the Seahawks in third while William & Mary (315) is fourth and defending champion James Madison (324) sits in fifth.
"We got off to a great start today as our No. 5 (Megan Burnham) and No. 4 (Laverry Kumar) players started the day with a birdie," said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. "We were in great shape at the turn as we held the lead, but we ran into some issues on the back nine. We weren't hitting ball as solidly as we were on the front and maybe that led us to misjudging some things, but we started to let shots get away from us and then it became a matter of survival coming in."
Kumar (75) and Adams (76) are tied for second and fifth, respectively, as the duo paced the Seahawks on the par-72, 6,066-yard layout during Friday's opening round. Sophomore Meghan Theiss (78) is tied for 11th while senior Megan Burnham (81) and sophomore Annette Lyche (81) are part of an eight-way tie for 19th to round out the Seahawks lineup.
"Laverry has been an all-conference performer for us during her career and although she may have been struggling at times this year, when it comes time to perform, she knows what to do," said Ho. "Laverry got off to a great start today by using her accuracy to her advantage as this course rewards those players who are accurate. She knows her game and you have to know your game in order to successful at this time of year."
College of Charleston's Laura Fuenfstueck holds a three-shot lead over the field following an even par 72 during a steady opening round that featured 15 pars. Fuenstueck's teammate Louise Olsson (75) and Richmond's Lauren Condor (75) joined Kumar in the tie for second place.
Second round action in the 2014 CAA Women's Golf Championship is scheduled to begin Saturday at 9 a.m. The Seahawks will once again be paired with College of Charleston and Delaware and will begin their round on the No. 1 tee starting at 9:45 a.m.
"We are in a good position heading into the second round," Ho said. "The weather is going to play a role in the outcome of tomorrow's round, so we must find a way to not let the conditions affect us mentally. We have to keep our mind on the shot at hand and not worry so much about the shot before. We've just got to hit the ball solid and be ready to grind out a score in what has the potential to be a tough day weather-wise."
Team Results: 1 College of Charleston (302); 2 UNCW (310); 3 Delaware (311); 4 William & Mary (315); 5 James Madison (324); 6 Towson (326); 7 Dayton (328); 8 Richmond (333); 9 Hofstra (339)
UNCW results: Laverry Kumar (75/T-2nd); Lori Beth Adams (76/T-5th); Meghan Theiss (78/T-11th); Megan Burnham (81/T-19th); Annette Lyche (81/T-19th)