COLUMBIA, Mo. - Texas Tech finished as the round one leader at the Big 12 Women's Golf Championship for the first time in the event's history.
The Lady Raiders fired a six-over par 294 at the par 72, 6,234-yard course at Columbia's The Club at Old Hawthorne. Tech's score came two strokes shy of tying the lowest first round team score set in 2004 by Texas (292).
TTU was in second place after round one in last year's Championship and has never finished higher than third in the Big 12 event (1999).
In a closely contested first round, 11 teams are within eight shots of Texas Tech. The Longhorns check in at second place with an eight-over 296 while Nebraksa and Missouri are tied for third with a 297 first-round score. UT's 296 is its best opening round since claiming the title in 2004 with its 292 first round mark.
The individual leaderboard includes five golfers tied with scores of one-under par 71.
Deborah DeVilla (Texas Tech), Chirapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma), Hannah Lovelock (Missouri), Madison Pressel (Texas) and Katerina Ruzickova (Texas A&M) all fiinished as first round leaders. Devilla opened the round with a birdie on hole 10 and captured another on hole 17. She shot par on nine of the 13 holes in which she didn't have a birdie. On the front nine, she recorded three birdies, including two in a row on holes 8 and 9 to close out the round.
Jao-Javanil and Ruzickova shot four birdies apiece, while the other two top finishers on the day had three, with Pressel claiming an eagle on hole 10, her opening hole of the competition.
Three golfers shot even pars - Jaclyn Jansen (Baylor), Steffi Neisen (Nebraska) and Emily Talley (Colorado).
Inclement weather forced a three-hour delay in beginning the Championship with tee times beginning at 11 a.m. CT instead of the previously-scheduled 8 a.m. CT.
The second round gets underway Saturday at 9 a.m. with Missouri, Texas A&M and Oklahoma teeing off the first hole while Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas will start on the back nine. The remaining six teams begin at 9:50 a.m. with Texas Tech, Texas and Nebraska on the front nine and Oklahoma State, Colorado and Kanas State starting on hole 10.