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Gooch Fires 73 to Lead Tigers to Fifth-Place Tie after First NCAA Round

May 14, 2013

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Paige Gooch

Destin, Fla. - Paced by Paige Gooch's (Jr., Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood) opening-round, one-over-par 73, the fourth-ranked DePauw women are tied for fifth after the first of four rounds of the NCAA Division III Championships at the Baytowne Golf Course at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

The Tigers are tied with Southwestern as each shot 321 today. Mary Hardin-Baylor leads with a 306 followed by Texas-Tyler (309), Methodist (318) and George Fox (319).

Gooch (pictured) was 2-under through her first 12 holes with four birdies. Kelsey Smith (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) shot an 82 to tie for 34th, while Jacqueline Carroll (Fr., Upper Arlington, Ohio) and Camila Romero (Sr., Cali, Colombia/Colegio Bolivar) each shot 83 and Abby Dickey (Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill./St. Viator) finished the opening round with an 84.

Laura Lindsey of Texas-Tyler leads the 111-player field with a 72, while Gooch is tied with Kelsey Morrison of George Fox.

DePauw, making its 12th straight NCAA appearance, has competed in all but the first two Division III Championships with nine top-four finishes including runner-up performances in 2007, 2008 and 2012. Last year the Tigers were second to Methodist by just six strokes. DePauw's 12 appearances ties Wisconsin-Eau Claire for the second-most in Division III history behind 13-time champion Methodist's 14.

The Tigers are first off the tees for tomorrow's second round as play begins at 7:30 a.m. CDT. Follow the action here.

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