Glen Rose, TX- Freshman Claire Oetinger had the second-lowest opening round for a UC Santa Cruz golfer ever at a conference championship, pacing the Banana Slugs at the American Southwest Championship meet at Comanche Lakes Golf Course.
Oetinger shot a seven-over-79 with a pair of birdies to tie for fifth place at the end of the first round. She is six strokes back of leader Madyson Milliorn of Concordia, who was in Oetinger's threesome. Portia Kenney had the best UCSC round at an ASC event, shooting a first-round 76 in 2016 enroute to a ninth-place finish.
Sophomore Kylie Edwards shot an 85 (13 over) to tie for 19th. Mara Anunciacion is 30th with an 89 (17 over), Jessica Salazar scored an 18-over-90 for 33rd place and Sarah Shi rounded out the Banana Slug contingent with a 96 (24 over) to be 40th.
As a team, UCSC finished the day in sixth place with 343, eleven strokes behind 5th-place Univ. of Texas - Dallas.
Defending ASC champion Mary Hardin-Baylor had the first day lead with a 28-over-316.
Round Two of the three-round tournament continues Saturday morning approximately 11:30 California time.