TEGA CAY -- Winthrop's Jutta Degerman leads the overall field by three strokes after the first day of the Shamrock Intercollegiate held at Tega Cay Golf Club.
Degerman fired a 1-under 71 on Friday and helped Winthrop to a team total of 310, which trails overall leader Charleston Southern by four strokes. The senior from Kauniainen, Finland, was the only player in the field to break par and leads Rhiannon Loebs of Charleston Southern, who led her team with a 74.
The Lady Bucs had three of thier four golfers in the 70s to help build their four stroke lead. Olivia Higgins and Madison Jeter each shot 76 while Katrin Rumpf shot 80. Winthrop's Sarah Hester shot 78, followed by Brittany Dabule's 80 and Allison Itria's 81.
Winthrop is five strokes ahead of Xavier, who is in third, followed by Iowa and Princeton tied at fourth. Murray State is in sixth place followed by Siena College, USC Upstate, South Dakota State, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, The Citadel, St. Francis (Pa.) and Tennessee State.
The second round will begin on today at 8:30 a.m. Winthrop's first golfer will tee off at 9:50 a.m.
• MEN'S SOCCER -- The Winthrop soccer program will be hosting the Second Annual Manchester Cup on March 29 at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill.
Teams from across the region will be competing in the all-day event that will include 70 minutes of action. The high school games will follow regulations with 80 minutes.
The field includes: Clemson, College of Charleston, Furman, UNC Greensboro, Kentucky, Charlotte Eagles (USL), UNC Wilmington, South Carolina, Old Dominion and Winthrop. The high school teams will be Fort Mill, Northwestern, Dorman and Spartanburg.
The inaugural Manchester Cup last year drew more than 3,000 spectators throughout the day. No individual game tickets will be sold, but tournament passes will be $12 each, and allow entry into all games and to come and go throughout the day. Children under 12 and students with IDs get in for $7. There is a group rate for 10 or more with $10 for adults, $5 for children and students. Ticket stubs from the Manchester Cup will also allow entry to the Charlotte Eagles game on April 25 against the Richmond Kickers at 7 p.m. at a discounted price. You must present the coupon to get the discount.
The day will be split into two sessions with the first one beginning at 12 p.m. The high school session will start at 3:30 p.m. and the final session will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m.
For more information, contact the soccer office at (803) 323-2129, ext. 6236.
"This is the top college showcase in the south and one of the best in the nation," said Winthrop coach Rich Posipanko. "Many professional scouts turn out to watch these games because of the high standard of teams and players.
"Each year the committee looks to bring in teams that were either regionally or nationally ranked or have played in the NCAA College Cup over a two-year period. By doing this we can assure soccer fans of seeing quality teams and outstanding competition each year. I am thrilled with this year's field."