Led by the play of All-American candidate Maria Martinez, who is in second place at one over par, the Tigers finished the day at +12. That is good for a one-shot lead over both Georgia and Tennessee with LSU two shots back at +14 led by a pair of even par rounds from Carolina Martens and Alexis Rather.
Auburn's good first round came as Abigale Schepperle fired a +2 for the day with Jessica Lovell (+4), Margaret Shirley (+5) and Nicole Hage (+6) rounding out the scores for the Tigers. Auburn is looking to defend its title from last season in the SEC Championships.
In what amounts to a near dead heat after day one the Vanderbilt Commodores are just three shots off the lead in fifth place while Arkansas at +16 finds itself all the way back in sixth. Rounding out the field is Alabama (+19), Florida (+20), South Carolina (+22), Kentucky (+27), Ole Miss (+30) and Mississippi State (+33).
Play will resume Saturday with round two of the three-round tournament.