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PEORIA, Ariz. — The Oregon State women’s golf team opened its spring season with the second-lowest round in program history on Sunday.

The Beavers had three players finish under par, which helped them fire an 8-under 280 in the first round of the Westbrook Spring Invitational. The school record is a 10-under 278 at the NCAA Regionals in Lubbock, Texas in the spring of 2017.

Oregon State shot an even-par 288 in the afternoon at the par-72, 6,252-yard Westbrook Village Golf Club Vistas Course and is tied for sixth place with Notre Dame with an 8-under 568.

Nebraska leads the 15-team field with a 20-under 556, while Oklahoma (18-under 558), Ohio State (17-under 559), Wisconsin (11-under 565) and Indiana (10-under 566) round out the top five.

The final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Senior Susie Cavanagh leads the Beavers through 36 holes with a 4-under 70-70—140 that has her in a tie for eighth place. She has now shot six sub-par rounds at Oregon State after posting four last season as a transfer. Her top finish is a tie for eighth place at the Rose City Collegiate in the fall of 2016.

Freshman Ellie Slama is tied for 30th place after carding a 1-under 72-71—143 on Sunday. She has now finished in red figures six times in 12 collegiate rounds.

Junior Olivia Benzin opened the event with a 3-under 69 before shooting a 3-over 75 after the lunch break to put her in a tie for 36th place with an even-par 144. She has carded 10 sub-par rounds, including a school record 6-under 66 at the Ron Moore Invitational this past fall.

Freshman Amanda Minni had a sensational collegiate debut as she fired a 3-under 69 in the opening round. She shot a 5-over 77 in the afternoon and is tied for 48th with a 2-over 146.

Sophomore Nicole Schroeder is a stroke back with a 3-over 75-72—147 for a tie for 54th place.

Kaitlin Milligan of Oklahoma holds the individual lead with a 14-under 62-68—130.


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