May 18, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma junior Ellen Mueller shot a 1-over-par 73 in her NCAA Women's Golf Championships debut in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday and stands in a tie for 30th place out of 126 competitors at the 6,368-yard Country Club of Landfall.
Mueller, representing the Sooners individually, started on hole No. 10 and found herself at +3 through the first seven holes. The junior quickly battled back by recording birdies on three of the next four holes (17, 18 and 2). She finished with pars on holes 3 through 8 before bogeying No. 9.
"Although I left a couple shots out there, I'm pleased with where I'm sitting after the first round," said Mueller. "As the week goes on, I need to stay patient with my putting since these greens are getting faster and firmer."
OU head coach Veronique Drouin hinted that the best is yet to come for Mueller.
"As the round went on, she seemed more comfortable out there," said Drouin. "She has a lot of golf left. She's making a couple swing adjustments this afternoon and she'll be ready to go tomorrow."
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USC leads the 24-team field after firing a first round score of 282 (-6). Purdue is tied for second, two strokes behind the Trojans.
Individually, Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson, Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and USC's Jennifer Song are in a three-way tie for first place after each shot a 67 (-5).
Mueller is tied for third among the six individual competitors, one stroke behind Megan McChrystal of LSU and Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia.
Mueller will be grouped Wednesday with fellow individual competitors Rosalyn Kim of Texas Tech (76) and Nina Muehl of East Tennessee State (77). The group will tee off at 12:15 p.m. CT Wednesday on hole No. 1.
An All-Big 12 selection, Mueller qualified for nationals by finishing in a tie for seventh place at the NCAA West Regional (May 6-8) in Stanford, Calif., with a three-round score of 219 (+6).
She holds a program-best 74.31 season stroke average and has posted seven top-10 finishes and four top-five finishes in her 13 events this season.
Coverage of Mueller's play at the 2010 NCAA Championships will continue here at SoonerSports.com and on the OU women's golf program's new Twitter page. Live stats will be available at GolfStat.com.