GLEN COVE, N.Y. - Baylor rising sophomore Maggie Beth Byers shot 9-over-par 79 in the first round of the USGA Women's Amateur Championship Monday at Nassau Country Club. The top 64 players after Tuesday's second round advance to 64-player match play, and Byers is five strokes back of the current top 64.
Byers was just 1-over through the first six holes after making five pars and a bogey on the par-3 third hole, but she had six bogeys over the next eight holes to move to 7-over-par through 13. A par on the 14th was followed by a birdie on the par-5 15th to get back to 6-over, but she followed that with a double bogey on the par-3 16th and a bogey on the par-4 18th to close the round at 9-over.
The San Antonio, Texas, native is tied for 120th place, and she finished the first round ahead of 23 players in the field. Byers will tee off from the 10th hole in the second round, starting at 12:10 p.m. CT Tuesday. She'll play in a group with tournament leader Su-Hyun Oh (-4, 66) of Australia and the Phillippines' Regina De Guzman, who is tied for 22nd place at 2-over-par 72.
Byers made her lone birdie on the 527-yard, par-5 15th hole - she was one of just 13 players out of 155 to make birdie on the hole, making it the fifth-toughest hole in the round.
Byers began the round with pars on five of the first six holes.
STAT OF THE DAY
13 - the number of players out of 155 who made birdie on the par-5, 527-yard 15th hole, one of which was Byers.
"Maggie Beth hit the golf ball really well today from tee to green," assistant coach Mary Michael Maggio said. "She gave herself a lot of opportunities, but unfortunately, not a lot of putts fell for her. She has a great mindset and game plan going into tomorrow, and she's going to enjoy competing at the highest level."
Byers begins the second round at 12:10 p.m. CT Tuesday on the 10th tee. The top 64 players advance to match play, which starts Wednesday.