Beeler Keys Strong Opening Round For TCU

Melissa Loh

May 18, 2010

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Brooke Beeler's 2-under-par 70 keyed a strong day for TCU as the Horned Frogs are eighth after Tuesday's opening round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship.

TCU's 4-over-par 292 represented its best round at an NCAA Championship since also shooting a 292 in the final round in 1983 when it won the national title.

The No. 18 Horned Frogs are making their 12th overall appearance at the NCAA Championship and seventh in 16 years under head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin.

TCU is 10 shots behind leader and fourth-ranked USC. The Trojans' 6-under-par 282 has them two strokes ahead of No. 8 Purdue.

Beeler is tied for eighth individually, just three shots off the lead. Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson, Purdue's Maude-Aimee LeBlanc and USC's Jennifer Song sit atop the leader board with 67s.

A sophomore from Butler, Ill., Beeler birdied three consecutive holes and totaled five birdies in a 10-hole stretch. Her 70 equaled a season-best round from the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championships in October.

"We played a very steady round of golf today and finished strong on our last 12 holes," Ravaioli-Larkin said. "Brooke's three birdies in a row provided a huge momentum shift for her and the team on her seventh, eighth and ninth hole.

"Overall, I am very pleased with today's performance and synergy on the golf course."

Melissa Loh and Valentine Derrey carded a 72 and 73, respectively, for the Horned Frogs.

Loh rebounded well after bogeying two of her opening five holes and is tied for 20th individually. The 72 represented her best score over her last 10 rounds, dating back to the final round of the Tiger/Wave Invitational on March 14.

Derrey, the lone senior in TCU's lineup, is the first Horned Frog to play in four NCAA Championships. She is tied for 30th.

Rachel Raastad added a 77 for the Horned Frogs.

TCU will be paired with Texas A&M and Kent State for Wednesday's second round. Tee times for the Horned Frogs begin at 12:26 p.m. Central with live scoring available at

Team Scores
1. USC - 282
2. Purdue - 284
T3. Arizona State - 288
T3. UCLA - 288
T3. Duke - 288
T6. Alabama - 289
T6. Florida State - 289
8. TCU - 292
9. Auburn - 293
10. Virginia - 294
11. Oklahoma State - 295
T12. Vanderbilt - 296
T12. Arizona - 296
T14. Pepperdine - 297
T14. Texas A&M - 297
T14. Tennessee - 297
17. San Jose State - 298
18. Texas - 299
T19. South Carolina - 300
T19. Stanford - 300
21. Oregon - 302
22. New Mexico - 303
23. Kent State - 307
24. Tulane - 311

TCU Scores
T8. Brooke Beeler - 70
T20. Melissa Loh - 72
T30. Valentine Derrey - 73
T87. Rachel Raastad - 77
T101. Louise Kristersson - 78



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