Lady Vols golf in position to advance after first day of NCAA Regionals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)— The University of Tennessee women's golf team sit in position to advance following round one of the NCAA Regionals.

The Lady Vols are tied for fifth on the leaderboard after carding an opening round 294 (+6) on Monday. UT who is tied with Maryland is currently in position to advance as one of the top six teams in the regional.

Over the final nine holes, the Lady Vols as a team were 3-under-par, helping to move them up into top-6 position.

Tennessee holds a two-stroke cushion over No. 17 Virginia who sits in seventh. In all, the Lady Vols are currently ahead of three top-25 teams and seven teams ranked in the top 50.

The team was led by junior Micheala Williams and sophomore Mariah Smith who are under par and in the top five after 18 holes of play. Williams is tied for the lead after a first round 70 (-2) which included a field leading six birdies.

On the final nine holes of the round, the Athens, Ala. native was 3-under-par with four birdies. Williams is in a three-way tie for the lead after one round of play as she will look to finish atop the leaderboard for the third time this spring.

Smith (-1) is just on stroke off the lead in a tie for fourth. The sophomore entered the back nine 2-over-par for her round before finishing the final nine holes 3-under-par with four birdies to get back under par.

Tennessee will tee off the second round tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. ET off hole No. 1. The Lady Vols will be paired with East Carolina (+3) and Maryland (+6) who are tied for 3rd and 5th, respectively.