NASSAU, The Bahamas — Olivia Williams carded a 75 to pace the UTSA women’s golf team in the opening round of the Nexus Collegiate, which got underway on Monday at Albany Golf Club (par 72/6,544 yards).
Williams’ 3-over-par scorecard has the sophomore in a tie for 27th place and it has helped put the Roadrunners in 10th in the team standings with 36 holes left to play in their maiden voyage to The Bahamas.
Williams, a native of England, recorded birdies on a pair of par fives — the 537-yard sixth and 515-yard 15th holes — in turning in the low score of the day for UTSA.
Daniela Abonce posted the second-best round of the day for the Roadrunners. The sophomore from Mexico logged an eagle on the 309-yard, par-4 14th and a birdie on No. 6 en route to a 4-over 76, good for a share of 31st.
Camryn Carreon and Morgan Ellison provided the other two counting scores for UTSA on Monday. Carreon, a senior from San Antonio, posted a 78 and has a share of 46th, while Ellison, a native of Georgia, is in 58th (81).
Federica Tavelli Westerlund rounds out the UTSA lineup in a tie for 59th (82), while Maria Bastarrica fired a 77 and is in a tie for 40th while playing as an individual.
Kentucky leads the team race after posting a 3-under 285 behind individual leader Laney Frye, who carded a 4-under 68. The Wildcats are followed by Texas Tech (290), North Texas (291), Iowa State (292) and Illinois (293) in the top five.
The second round is set for Tuesday and the Roadrunners will tee off from No. 10 beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT.