The Tigers are paced by senior Diana Ramage, who had four birdies and an eagle in the first round and is in first place individually after carding an 18-hole score of 68. It was her fifth sub-70 round score of the 2004-05 season.
Ramage got off to a fast start on the front nine, with a birdie on the first and following it up with an eagle on the par five second hole. She also birdied holes 4, 13 and 14.
"Diana was awesome today," Auburn coach Kim Evans said. "She got off to a fast start and really made some big putts for us. I was very proud of her effort out there today.
"We're in a good position to make some big moves on the leader board the next couple of days. We are just four strokes back of the leader, and if we can make a couple more shots here and there in rounds two and three, we'll be right in the thick of it."
Ramage is looking to lead the Tigers into the NCAA Championships.
Third-seeded Texas leads the 21-team pack with an opening round score of 290. Right behind them are Missouri and New Mexico, who both fired 291 and are tied for second place. Texas A&M shot a 293 and is one stroke ahead of the Tigers in fourth place on the leader board.
The Tigers also received scores of 74 from both Nicole Hage and Margaret Shirley, while Maria Martinez and Jessica Lovell each carded a 78 on Thursday. Hage and Shirley are tied for 27th individually.
Play from Lubbock, Texas, continues with Friday's second round. Live scoring can be found online at www.golfstat.com. The top eight teams from the Central Regional will compete with the top 10 finishers from both the East Regional (Gainesville, Fla.) and West Regional (Las Cruces, N.M.) at the NCAA Championships in Bend, Ore., May 18-21.