Ninety-Six, SC - NINETY-SIX, SC (www.BigSouthSports.com) – Charleston Southern shot an opening round 294 to take a nine-stroke lead over No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina in the 2010 Big South Women's Golf Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting, which is being contested at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor (par 72, 5,956 yards) in Ninety-Six, S.C. The Chanticleers are second at 303, while host Radford is third at 304.
All nine participating teams enjoyed perfect playing conditions of sunny weather, temperatures in the high-70s and no wind throughout the day. Charleston Southern's Olivia Jordan-Higgins and Bucknell's Minjoo Lee share the individual lead, as each carded a 2-under 70 for the lowest round of the day. Lee's round is a school record and she was the only golfer under par on the front and back nine. She also led the field with six birdies, including three-in-a-row on holes No. 2, 3 and 4. Jordan-Higgins was 2-under on the back nine and had four birdies on the day.
CSU's Katelyn Bensch entered the clubhouse in third-place with a 1-under 71 (35-36) with five birdies, including three consecutive on holes No. 8, 9 and 10. Radford's Megan Leineweber sits in fourth with an even-par 72, and she birdied five holes as well. Coastal Carolina's Aruka Felgueroso rounds out the top five with her team-best 73 (36-37). Other highlights from Monday's first round include an eagle by Presbyterian College's Kim Carpenter on the par 5, 481-yard No. 5 hole.
Associate women's golf member Bucknell is tied for fourth with Gardner-Webb at 310, while Winthrop sits in sixth-place at 313. High Point is officially seventh at 329, while associate member Holy Cross is officially eighth at 344. Presbyterian College owns a first round score of 316. The Blue Hose's results do not officially count in the individual or team standings due to its transitioning process to Division I.