Ling Tied for 21st in Raleigh
Ling is tied for 21st after the first day of the NCAA Regional Championships.
May 7, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore Genevieve Ling opened the 2015 NCAA East Regional Championships with a 2-over 74 Thursday, the lowest postseason round in school history. She will enter Friday's second round tied for 21st.

Ling recorded three birdies and four bogeys at the par-72, 6,381-yard Lonnie Poole Golf Course, and is only two strokes back of the top 10.

"I thought the first round was a fun experience, having coach next to me the whole day and working together with her," Ling said. "I think I left some putts out there. But I think that being patient and getting as many pars as possible, then trying to make birdies when I can - that will be the key. As for tomorrow, I'm just going to continue doing what I've been doing and stick to my process."

The top six teams from each of the four regional sites, and the top three individuals not on those six teams, will advance to the NCAA Women's Golf Championships at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 22-27.

After the opening round, Ling is tied for 10th amongst individuals in the East Regional that are not currently part of the top six teams, two strokes back of the top three.

"Gen played really solid today," head coach Nicole Bird said. "She left some putts out there, so I think she can improve on that. She struggled a little on the par 3s, but played the par 5s great. She worked on it after the round so I think tomorrow will be better.

"It is supposed to be windy with a chance of rain tomorrow, so we will see what that brings. Overall, she played really steady and calm, and it was great to see."

Ling is just the second women's golfer in school history to play in the NCAA Regional Championships, and the first since Acey Erlandson in 2000.

She is scheduled to tee off for Friday's second round at 6:15 a.m. MT.

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