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Roadrunners second after opening CUSA Womens Golf round

Fabiola Arriaga swings
Fabiola Arriaga swingscourtesy UTSA Athletics

UTSA have gotten their first tilt at the Conference USA Women’s Golf Championships off to a superb start as they sit second at the end of the first round of play on Monday at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Alabama.

In addition, Fabiola Arriaga is right in with a shot of winning the individual title as she shot a four-under 68 for a three-way share of first place.

For Arriaga it was an equal career-best round but the rest of the Roadrunners team also impressed as they were able to find themselves sitting second in the team standings at the end of the day.

The star moment for Arriaga, came on the 15th hole as she managed an eagle on the par five hole, as she went two under on each nine for the four under score, that puts her three clear of the fourth placed duo.

UTSA’s next closest is in a tie for sixth, Libby Thomas, sitting four strokes back, at an even 72, her season best round, as she managed four birdies, but lost control late on, having to settle for an even round.

One shot behind Thomas is Taylor Newlin, who managed a tournament high 15 pars in the one-over par 73, a score matched by Brogan Townend who managed three birdies.

With those results the Roadrunners sit in second place for the conference championship, sitting at two-under 286, sitting five shots behind an impressive 281 from the Np. 34 Tulane.

The next closest to UTSA is Middle Tennessee leading a close chasing pack on 294, which should be a big enough gap for UTSA to hold on to a position on the podium, barring a very poor second and third round on Tuesday.

Should UTSA manage a podium in the conference tournament they should see their Golfstar ranking, currently of 56th as they look for an NCAA berth in the tournament.