KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern junior Hayley McNeill fired a three-over par 75 in windy conditions to lead the Bucs on day one of the Palmetto Intercollegiate at Turtle Point Golf Club. McNeill sits in a tie for 25th place in the field of 102 players, while CSU stands T-13th as a team with 36 more holes left Monday and Tuesday.
McNeill carded a two-under par front nine, her final nine of the day, to draw within five shots of the lead by day's end. After bogeying the first hole to slip to +6, McNeill posted five pars and birdies at the par-three fourth and seventh, along with the par-four eighth.
Ole Miss is atop the team leaderboard after recording a two-over par 290. The Rebels have a two stroke lead over Chattanooga and Coastal Carolina, with host College of Charleston nine shots back. The Cougars' Laura Fuenfstueck is in a three-way tie, at -2, for the individual lead with Chattanooga's Monica San Juan and Ole Miss's Madisen Bentley.
Shelby Thompson and Milleina Ohara each finished at six-over par 78 for coach Matt Cram-Smith's Bucs. Bella Johnson and Natthakan Teeratraku checked in at nine-over par 81. Teeratraku was playing her first competitive round of the season after winning CSU's qualifying rounds for the event.
The Bucs are back at Turtle Point for Monday's round two, beginning at 10:22 a.m. CSU will tee off on the first hole and play alongside North Florida and Boston University.