DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (HARDING) - Harding sophomore Emily Plyler made consecutive birdies on the back nine and shot 10-over 82 on Wednesday in the first round of the 2013 NCAA II Women's Golf Championship. It was the first of four rounds in the tournament played at LPGA International.
Plyler, the first Harding golfer ever to play in the national championship, enters Thurday's second round tied for 48th of 72 golfers in competition.
Plyler pared her first four holes before bogeying five and six and double bogeying seven. After pars at eight and nine, she made the turn at 4-over 40. Plyler made up for a double bogey on 10 with birdies at 12 and 13 to move to 4-over. She played the last five holes at 6-over.
Daniela Ortiz of Nova Southeastern, the No. 4-ranked player in Division II, has a four stroke lead after shooting 5-under 67. Nancy Vergara of Barry is second at 1-under. Nova Southeastern has the team lead by nine strokes over Lynn. Nova shot 4-over 292.
A native of Glenwood, Ark., Plyler qualified for nationals by tying for sixth at the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament. She won a one-hole playoff to become the third-highest finisher not on a nationals qualifying team.
Plyler will tee off Thursday at 10:20 a.m. in the final group of the day.