Alabama Women Lead In Hooters
The Alabama duo sits alone atop the leaderboard of the 53 team, three-day event as one of only seven teams to break par under the alternate shot format of Day 1.
"We got off to a really good start and it was easy to find a rhythm out here today," Kirby said of her and Pancake's round.
Katelynn Hogenson and Kristin Paulson from Iowa State and Alexandria Buelow and Lauren Cate of Stetson are tied for second place with three-under-par 69s.
All 53 teams will return to action on Wednesday beginning at 7 a.m. (CDT). Pancake and Kirby are set to tee off at 8:57 (CDT).
The alternate shot format of Day 1 will give way to a best-ball format on Day 2, followed by aggregate score of the two-player pairs on Day 3.
Pancake, a rising junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., finished tied for 12th at the NCAA Championships with a 1-under-par total of 287 while maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average in business during her first two years at The University of Alabama.
Kirby, a sophomore-to-be from Paris, Ontario, Canada, was named to the honorable mention All-America team after a record-setting season at the Capstone. She is the ninth Alabama women's golfer to earn All-America honors, but the first freshman to accomplish the feat. Kirby broke the freshman scoring record at Alabama, eclipsing Pancake's 2008-09 mark of 74.06 by a full stroke, finishing with a 73.06 stroke average.
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