SAN JOSE del CABO, BCS, Mexico – Freshman at the University of Houston Nathalie Saint Germain shot a 4-under 67 to lead the Cougars and tie for second after the first round of the beach battle at Club Campestre San Jose on Friday.

Starting his day with the No. 10 on the 6,250-yard course, Saint Germain drained four consecutive pars before making his first birdie of the day on the par-4 14e hole. She added another birdie on No. 17 on her front nine.

Opening her second nine with a par, the Prague native birdied the No. 2 and added back-to-back birdies on the No. 6-7 for her team-leading fifth round in the 60s this season . Saint Germain set a school record earlier this fall with a 64 in the Schooner Fall Classic final on September 26.

First-year student Moa Svedenskiold joined Saint Germain in red numbers with a 69 on Friday. Less than a week after winning his first collegiate individual title at the Jim West Challenge on Tuesday, Svedenskiold had five birdies en route to a 69.

The Halmstad, Sweden native started her day with a birdie on the No. 8. After suffering a bogey on the No. 10, she came back under par with a birdie on the No. 14 and made five back-to-back parries before sinking back-to-back birdies on the No. 2. -3.

As a team, the Cougars posted a score of 286 to rank fifth after day one. Mississippi held the first-round lead at 282 to finish two strokes ahead of Vanderbilt, while LSU and host TCU tied for fourth at 285. North Texas (289), Arkansas (291), Baylor (293), Kansas State (295) and Clemson (296) complete the Top 10.

Junior Nicole Abelar tied for 34e at age 74, when he was a freshman Alexa Saldana was tied for 55e at 76 years old. Junior Delaney Martin was tied 77e at 79 years old.

Mississippi’s Andrea Lignell posted a 66 on Friday to hold the individual lead. LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad and Vanderbilt’s Tillie Claggett joined Saint Germain in a tie for second place. TCU’s Lois Lau finished fifth with a 68.


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For Saturday’s second round, the Cougars will face off in groups with student-athletes from North Texas, Arkansas and Baylor.

Saint Germain starts the day at 9 a.m. (CDT), in the second group of n°5, with Svedenskiold (first group of n°5), Abelar (n°6), Saldana (n°7) and Martin (second group off #8) next.

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After the beach battle, the Cougars will take a break before opening the spring season at the Lamkin Invitational at Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on February 13-14, 2023.

Houston then returns home to host the ICON Invitational at the Golf Club of Houston on February 27-28, 2023 in Humble, TX.


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