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Erin Harper shoots 86 in first round of National Championship tournament



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Then-sophomore Erin Harper, now a junior, putts during the first round of the IU Invitational at the IU Golf Course in April. Harper finished 34-over-par after three rounds at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Josh Eastern Buy Photos

Junior Erin Harper failed to start strong in the first round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship tournament, shooting 14-over-par with two triple-bogeys on Friday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Harper shot a round of 86 with a total of nine double-bogeys and didn’t get under par at any point during her first 18 holes. She finished tied for 128th overall and last out of the individuals not on a qualifying team.

After Friday, Harper will play two more rounds. If she places in the top nine of individuals, she will move on to a final fourth round Monday to decide the individual National Champion. 

Harper is the first player to represent IU at the National Championship tournament since 1989 and only the third IU player ever to get past the regional tournament as an individual.

She will begin the second round of play at 2:05 p.m. EST on Saturday.

Declan McLaughlin

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