KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern freshman Ellen Hume fired an even par 72 in tough, windy conditions and sits in a tie for fifth place after the opening round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate. Hume was one of just ten players in the field of 93 competitors to shoot par or better at Turtle Point Golf Club.
CSU is in 16th place as a team in a tightly bunched field. Host College of Charleston, ranked No. 35 in the latest Golfstat rankings, compiled an impressive four-under total and enjoys a nine-shot lead on Kansas entering Monday's second round. North Florida, No. 34 Campbell and Daytona State round out the top five. The Cougars' Clarissa von Stosch is the individual leader at -4. North Florida's Lissette Davalos is two shots off the pace.
Hume was named Big South Freshman of the Week on Thursday and showed that form in the latest stellar round of her debut season. She enters Monday's second round with momentum after birdieing No.'s 7-9 to cap Sunday's action.
Senior Andriel Aimua (T-21st) contributed a solid two-over 74 to help the cause for coach Matt-Cram-Smith's Bucs. Aimua rolled home two birdies on the back nine and added another at her closing hole, the par-four ninth.
The 54-hole tournament continues Monday, with CSU slated to play alongside College of Charleston and Western Carolina. The Bucs' will tee off from 9:34-10:10.