LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Led by sophomore Marni Murez and senior Kristin Le, who each shot a 2-over 74, Santa Clara women's golf completed the first-round of play at the Aggie Invitational in a tie for third-place with a team total of 301.
The Broncos will enter Tuesday's second-round tied with UT Rio Grande Valley, 14-shots behind leader Sacramento State and seven-shots behind second-place Texas-El Paso.
"There's some room for improvement," head coach Krystal Kelly said. "We need to be diligent about being on the correct side of the hole because there is a good amount of undulation in the greens."
Murez got off to a hot start with birdies on her first two holes and scored four birdies for the day, the third-most among the 57-player field. Murez and Le ended the day tied for 11th-place with a trio of golfers at 74, just four shots behind leader Astha Madan of Sacramento State.
Senior Kyleigh Moreno finished a shot behind her teammates with a 3-over 75, tied for 16th-place.
"Tomorrow is moving day. I'm confident they will put it together," Kelly said of her team.
Second-round action on the 6,392-yard, par-72 New Mexico State Golf Course gets underway with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. PT. Live scoring for is available on golfstat.com.
Santa Clara First Round Individual Results
T11. Marni Murez 74 = 74 (+2)
T11. Kristin Le 74 = 74 (+2)
T16. Kyleigh Moreno 75 = 75 (+3)
T34. Chloe Wong 78 = 78 (+6)
T34. Ritida Nanda 78 = 78 (+6)