Shorter University (298) grabbed the first-round lead and holds a three-shot lead over Lubbock Christian (301). Oklahoma Christian (302), William Woods (303), Northwood (Fla.) and Wayland Baptist (304) round out the top five. The NAIA’s top-ranked club, Oklahoma City, ballooned to a 319 and is tied for 18th.
Geandra Almeida (75) was best for the Lady Flames during Tuesday’s early morning round. Sloane Skinner followed with a 77 and Kristin Bourg countered with a 78. Madison Alexander (80) rounded out the scores that counted in the 310 round. Courtney Shelton totaled an 81.
The 18th annual event is a 72-hole stroke play tournament that will be played over the Link Hills course for four days. The team and individual champions will be crowned on Friday afternoon.