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Tulsa's Shu-Yin Liu is in the individual lead at the Betsy Rawls Invitational after one round.
Tulsa's Shu-Yin Liu is in the individual lead at the Betsy Rawls Invitational after one round.
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Oct. 28, 2012

Austin, Texas - Tulsa senior Shu-Yin Liu carded a four-under par 68 to take the individual lead after first round action at the 39th Annual Betsy Rawls Invitational on Sunday.

As a team, the Hurricane carded 10-over par 298 for seventh place at the par-72 University of Texas Golf Club in a 15-team field that includes 10 of the nation's top-40 ranked teams. Tenth-ranked Alabama sits in first place with a score of 284, followed by second-place and 19th-ranked Arkansas (288), 8th-ranked Arizona State (290), 4th-ranked Florida (293) and 28th-ranked Denver (294) rounding out the top-five teams.

Starting on hole 10, Liu went three-under par on her first nine holes with birdie putts on the par-5 14th hole, and back-to-back birdies on the par-3 16th and the par-4 17th hole. In a round that saw no bogeys from the senior, Liu closed out her first 18 holes with a birdie on the par-4 9th hole.

Liu leads a trio of golfers, including Alabama's Jennifer Kirby and Stephanie Morrow, and UCLA's Erynne Lee by one stroke.

Tulsa freshman Antonia Von Wnuck turned in a four-over par 76 and is in 39th place after the first 18 holes. Two more newcomers, Karson Bizzell and Jessica Lydia, carded scores of 77 and are tied for 54th place after the first day of competition.

Senior Kristina Merkle is in 72nd place after an opening score of 82.

The second round will be played on Monday, while the 54-hole tournament will close-out on Tuesday with the final 18 rounds

Team Results
1.	Alabama	        284
2.	Arkansas	288
3.	Arizona State	290
4.	Florida	        293
5.	Denver     	294
6.	Texas	        297
T7.	Tulsa   	298
T7. 	UNLV    	298
9. 	Auburn	        299
10.	Kent State	300
11.	UCLA	        304
12.	Pepperdine	307
13.	TCU	        311
14.	Illinois	312
15.	New Mexico	319

Tulsa Individual Results 1. Shu-Yin Liu 68 T39. Antonia Von Wnuck 76 T54. Karson Bizzell 77 T54. Jessica Lydia 77 T72. Kristina Merkle 82

Top-5 Individuals 1. Shu-Yin Liu, Tulsa 68 (-4) T2. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama 69 (-3) T2. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 69 (-3) T2. Erynne Lee, UCLA 69 (-3) T5. Erin Hawe, Kent State 71 (-1) T5. Camilla Hedberg, Florida 71 (-1) T5. Grace Na, Pepperdine 71 (-1) T5. Daniela Ordonez, Arizona St. 71 (-1) T5. Bertine Strauss, Texas 71 (-1) T5. Emily Tubert, Arkansas 71 (-1)