KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Tahnia Ravnjak is tied for 19th place individually and Campbell is tied for 12th in the team standings following Friday's first round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at Cherokee Country Club.
With two players among the top six individuals, South Carolina leads the 17-school field after a 5-under-par 279 on the par-71, 5897 yard layout. Arkansas is second (282), Louisville third (283) and host Tennessee fourth (285) heading into Saturday's second round of the 54-hole event. Six schools, including No.-14 Campbell, in the 17-team even are ranked among the nation's top 25 by Golfstat.
Katelyn Dambaugh of South Carolina and Fanny Cnops of UCF are tied for first place at 3-under 68 after a round that produced 14 scores in red numbers in a 93-golfer field.
Coming off her first collegiate win earlier this month at the Golfweek Program Challenge, Ravnjak made four birdies Friday and shot one-over 72. Red-shirt junior Ali Prazak, who played the last 10 holes even, and senior Kaylin Yost are tied for 52nd place at 4-over 75. Freshman Louise Latorre shot 76 and junior Lisbeth Brooks 77 for Campbell, which is locked in a three-way tie for 12th (298), but stands only 8 strokes out of sixth place.
Saturday's second round begins at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring is available on-line at Golfstat.com.
Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship
Cherokee CC / Knoxville, Tenn.
Sept. 20-22, 2013 / Par 71, 5997 yards
First Round Team Standings: 1. South Carolina 279, 2. Arkansas 282, 3. Louisville 283, 4. Tennessee 285, 5. UCF 286, 6. Tulane 290, T7. Penn State 292, T7. Chattanooga 292, 9. Mississippi State 293, 10. Mississippi 294, 11. Michigan 296, T12. Campbell 298, T12. Notre Dame 298, T12. Rollins 298, T12. Texas-San Antonio 299, T15. Missouri 299, 17. College of Charleston 301.
First Round Individual Leaders: T1. Fanny Cnops (UCF) 68, T1. Katelyn Dambaugh (South Carolina) 68, T3. Katie Petrino (Louisville) 69, T3. Hannah Pietila (Tennessee) 69, T3. Regina Plascencia (Arkansas) 69, T3. Samantha Swinehart (South Carolina) 69, T3. Emily Tubert (Arkansas) 69.
Campbell Individuals: T19. Tahnia Ravnjak 72, T52. Ali Prazak 75, T52. Kaylin Yost 75, T62. Louise Latorre 76, T71. Lisbeth Brooks 77.