ATHENS, Ga. — Junior Emma Lavy fired a one over 73 leading the fifth-ranked Arkansas women’s golf team to an 11th-place start after first round action at the 2013 NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., Tuesday. Arkansas shot eight-over 296 for the first round.

Lavy was tied for third for much of the second half of her round but a miscue on nine, her final hole of the day, saw her slide back on the leaderboard. Despite the tough finish, Lavy was ready to tee it up again.

“There are just so many birdies out there on this course,” Lavy said. “You have to keep that in mind on this golf course and keep the good things in front of you. I wish I had one more hole to play today. This is a beautiful golf course and the greens are rolling true. We work really hard and we know how good we can play. We’ve played hard all year and the champion is going to be the champion at the end of the week and we think we are good enough to be there.”

Lavy, a Fayetteville native, is tied for 33rd after her first round. Freshman Gabriela Lopez and senior Victoria Vela are tied for 46th overall after shooting 74. Junior Emily Tubert counted a 75 and is tied for 64th and freshman Regina Plasencia is tied for 89th overall with a 77.

Top-ranked Southern California and No. 48 San Jose State both fired a 4-under 284 to lead the field after the first round. Third-ranked Duke is third with 286, followed by No. 2 Alabama with 288.