LINCOLN, Neb. -- With the first 18 holes of the women's Big 12 Golf Championships finished, The University of Texas is in ninth place with a 26 over par total of 314 in Lincoln, Neb.
Texas put two golfers in the Top 20 after the initial day of competition and is currently 13 strokes from the lead. Oklahoma State is in first with a 13 over par round of 301 followed by Texas A&M in a close second at 302 and then Nebraska and Baylor tied for third with a score of 307.
Junior Julia Best from Bulverde, Texas posted a first round three over par 75 to tie for fifth at the tournament. The Texas squad started the round on the back nine and Best proceeded to make the turn with a nine-hole score of 38. She strung four pars together after a bogey on 18 and finished par-birdie-par for a second nine of 36.
Last season, Best posted a first round score of 80 and finished tied for 26th place with a final score of 13 over par 229 in her only trip to the conference championships.
Sophomore Brittany Givilancz is tied for 16th after turning in her first scorecard with a five over par 77. Givilancz recorded 13 pars and five bogeys in her opening round, but closed with four straight pars. The Weslaco, Texas native is making her first trip to the conference championships in 2006.
In a tie for 32nd is senior Devan Andersen (Guadalajara, Mexico) with a first round score of seven over par 79. Andersen struggled in the first nine after opening with a bogey on 10 to finish her first nine at 40. She finished the second nine with five pars and three bogeys for a 39.
Andersen is making her third appearance at the Big 12 Championships and has never finished lower than 11th place. Both times prior, Andersen posted her highest-par score in the first round of play.
Sophomore Kelley Louth and freshman Caney Hines are both tied for 52nd place with identical scores of 83 for 11 over par. Louth from Victoria, Texas is making her second trip and was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and second team All-Big 12 as a freshman. A San Antonio native, Hines is the lone rookie in the Texas contingent in 2006.
The Longhorns will return to the links of the Country Club of Lincoln, Neb. on Tuesday for the second round starting at 9 a.m. and Texas teeing off in the first pairing on the 10th tee.
The Big 12 Championships are being held at the Country Club of Lincoln for the first time in the conference's history. The par 72, 6,158-yard course will challenge the Big 12 teams for two more rounds on April 18-19.