KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Charleston Southern sits tied for 24th following the first round of the Kiawah Island Spring Classic as the Buccaneers battled through the wet and windy conditions on the Osprey Point Golf Club.
Freshman Ellen Hume was tied for fifth following the first 18 holes on the course to pace the Buccaneers to a 306, 18-over team score. The Buccaneers combined for seven birdies and Sydney Merchant added an eagle to pace the team in their first round of the 2019 spring season.
CSU is currently tied with Lipscomb and Lehigh for 24th overall in the team standings. The Bucs are third among conference schools in the field trailing behind High Point (T-12th, 8-over) and USC Upstate (16th, 13-over).
Hume is in a five-way tie for fifth overall following her first round 70, 2-under par. The London, England native is picking back up where she left off after a strong fall season when she wrapped up with a seventh-place finish at the Palmetto Intercollegiate.
Hume birdied the par-five second hole and added birdies on the seventh and 16th on her way to posting a nearly clean round. Her lone bogey came on hole 15. She currently sits two strokes behind clubhouse leader Reagan Jahn of Lehigh (68, 4-under).
Andriel Aiuma was also among the tops in the conference following the first day after posting a first round 76, 4-over. The senior birdied the ninth hole to highlight her afternoon as the Buccaneers were part of the 24-team group that teed off in afternoon.
Daniela Intriago finished the back-nine with a 38, 2-over to bounce back after a difficult start. The sophomore was 2-over over the final 15 holes of the day to shoot a first round 79.
Natalie Nelson birdied the first hole and added another on the 14th to highlight her first round. She wrapped up the day with an 81, 9-over, after her first 18 holes.
Sydney Merchant's eagle on the par-five eighth hole was one of just 10 eagles recorded in the first round. The freshman finished with a first round 86, 14-over par.
Individually, Sarah Hameed and Kathryn Thorne are also in the mix this weekend in their first action. Hameed recorded 11 pars in her first round to sit tied for 139th with a 79, 7-over, while Thorne sits two strokes back in a tie for 181st in the deep field.
Charleston Southern is back on the course in the early group as CSU hits the links at 8:30 a.m. in the shotgun start at the Oak Point Golf Club.