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Women's Golf

Ellison paces UTSA in first round of Chattanooga Classic

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Morgan Ellison is in the top 10 individuals and the UTSA women’s golf team has sole possession of eighth place after the first round of the Chattanooga Classic, which teed off on Sunday at Council Fire Golf Course (par 71/5,955 yards).

Ellison has a share of ninth place after carding a 1-over-par 72. The junior from Peachtree City, Georgia, posted 13 pars and birdies on the 146-yard, par-3 eighth and 361-yard, par-4 12th holes. She sits just two shots out of a tie for third place and is five off the pace set by North Florida’s One Kashima (67).

Maria Bastarrica fired a 74 and is part of a seven-way tie for 23rd at 3-over par. The freshman from Spain registered five birdies, the top total in the field, with three coming on a six-hole stretch on the front nine.

Olivia Williams is tied for 30th after posting a 75 that was headlined by a birdie on the 503-yard, par-5 ninth, while Daniela Abonce and Camryn Carreon close out the UTSA lineup in a tie for 38th after each turned in a 76 on Sunday.

The Roadrunners recorded a 297 and are two shots ahead of No. 39 Michigan and only one stroke behind 49th-ranked Colorado State with 36 holes left to play.

East Tennessee State has the day-one lead in a tight leaderboard after logging a 290, while Western Kentucky (291), No. 34 South Florida (294), North Florida (294) and host Chattanooga (295) round out the top five in the 16-team field.

The second round is set for Monday and the Roadrunners will tee off starting at 9:30 a.m. CT.