MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (SBC) - The first round of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Women's Golf Championship came to a close on Monday with FIU grabbing the team lead with a team score of 298.
The three day tournament is being held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Fighting Joe Course at The Shoals in Muscle Shoals, Ala. 11 teams consisting of five players each are competing for team and individual honors.
FIU was led by the outstanding freshman Meghan MacLaren who, along with UALR's Sofia Berglund, shot the first round's low score of 71.
The Panthers' lead is a slim one, as Middle Tennessee trails by only two stokes, Troy sits just three strokes back and Sun Belt newcomer Georgia State is five off the lead.
MT was led by a pair of players who shot even par 72 as Allie Knight and Olivia Love posted the day's second lowest total along with Troy's Sara Fennvik.
Three additional players sit at one over par after day one - North Texas' Taylor Kilponen, Louisiana-Monroe's Alison Knowles and FIU's Tania Tare.
The 2013 SBC Women's Golf Championship resumes Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. For live stats and additional coverage please go to www.sunbeltsports.org.
1. FIU - 298
2. Middle Tennessee - 300
3. Troy - 301
4. Georgia State - 303
5. UALR - 306
T6. South Alabama - 308
T6. North Texas - 308
8. Western Kentucky - 311
9. Louisiana Monroe - 312
10. Arkansas State - 316
11. Florida Atlantic - 322
T1. Sofia Berglund, UALR (-1) - 71
T1. Meghan MacLaren, FIU (-1) - 71
T3. Sara Fennvik, Troy (E) - 72
T3. Allie Knight, Middle Tennessee (E) - 72
T3. Olivia Love, Middle Tennessee (E) - 72
T6. Taylor Kilponen, North Texas (+1) - 73
T6. Alison Knowles, Louisiana Monroe (+1) - 73
T6. Tania Tare, FIU (+1) - 73
T9. Kristen Golightly, South Alabama (+2) - 74
T9. Solveig Helgesen , Georgia State (+2) - 74
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
10, Arkansas State (316--316)
T11, Abi Laker (75--75)
T27, Marie Couffignal (78--78)
T42, Courtney Manning (81--81)
T47, Jennifer Loiacano (82--82)
51, Anna Carling (84--84)