FRANKLIN, Lt. — Vanderbilt got off to a good start on Friday at the Mason Rudolph Championships and is alone in second place after 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament.
Led by rookie Lynn Lim, Vandy finished 283 5 under par and is one stroke behind Arizona ahead of Saturday’s second round. The state of Mississippi (-4) is in third place.
“To be honest, I wasn’t sure what kind of scores we were going to post today with the first wind conditions and two rookies playing their first Mason,” said Vanderbilt coach Greg Allen. “I saw a team that never panicked when things got tough and I saw a group of youngsters who played with a lot of heart all day.”
Gallatin’s Lim is tied with Auburn’s Megan Schofill and Arizona’s Nana Wongthanavimok, who are all 4 under par after an opening day of 68. Lim carded five birdies on the day, including three of the top nine.
A hit behind Lim is Vandy senior Celina Sattelkau with a 69. Sattelkau had an eagle on 8 and birdied his last two holes.
Tillie Claggett, also a freshman at Vanderbilt, finished with a 70 to take her two strokes off the lead. Tess Davenport and Natasha Kiel are tied for 48th after firing a 76 Friday.
“Celina, Lynn and Tillie seemed in control of their games from start to finish,” Allen said.
Vanderbilt also has four individuals on the field and Virginie Ding (tied for 30th) led the quartet on Friday with 74. Jayna Choi (tied for 57th) finished with a 77, Ariel Yu (tied for 66th) had a 79 and Meghan Meserole (76th) carded an 83
The Commodores are scheduled to start at 10:10 am Saturday alongside Mississippi State and Arizona. Live scores for the event can be found HERE.
“We know there’s still a lot of golf this weekend, but we’re excited for the opportunity to go out on Saturday and play one shot at a time,” Allen said.