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Twenty-four teams began play on Tuesday in the hopes of earning the title of National Champions.
Twenty-four teams began play on Tuesday in the hopes of earning the title of National Champions.
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May 20, 2014

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The University of Oklahoma held on for the first-round lead at the 2014 NCAA® Division I Women's Golf Championships amid wind gusts up to 30 MPH at the par-70 Tulsa Country Club course on Tuesday. Four teams are within five strokes of the Sooners, including three PAC-12 teams - UCLA, Arizona State and USC - and Duke of the ACC.

No. 7-ranked Oklahoma carded an opening round eight-over par 288 and sits three strokes ahead of second-place and the nation's second-ranked UCLA Bruins (291). No. 1 USC, 3rd-ranked Duke and 5th-ranked Arizona State are tied for third-place after carding rounds of 13-over par 293 to round out the top-five teams.

Seven golfers shot under par scores at the 6,194-yard course on the windy day and three of those players sit in a tie for first-place. USC's Doris Chen, Denver's Tonje Daffinrud and Stanford's Lauren Kim are tied at three-under par 67. Daffinrud, playing as an individual, and Kim navigated the course in the morning round, while Kim played during the afternoon wave.

Chen turned her first nine-holesin even-par and birdied holes 11, 16 and 17 to finish her final nine holes and the tournament at three-under par. Daffinrud began on hole 10 birdied the 10th, but double bogeyed the par-4 11th hole. She closed out her round with four birdies over the remaining 16 holes. Kim totaled four birdies, on holes 6, 9, 14 and 15, before suffering her only bogey of the day on the par-5 16th hole.

UNLV's Dana Finkelstein nailed a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth hole on Tuesday.

Tournament play will resume on Wednesday morning with the first tee times at 7:30 am.

Individual day tickets ($10 for adults, $5 for children) can be purchased at the Tulsa Country Club on the event day.

The University of Tulsa and Tulsa Sports Commission join the Tulsa Country Club as hosts of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Women's Golf Championships.