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Junior Eileen Vargas Tied for First After Opening Round of Dick McGuire Invitational


Sept. 26, 2005

Albuquerque, NM - Junior All-American Eileen Vargas fired an opening-round 4-under par 69 on Monday and is currently tied for first place after the first round of the 18-team Branch Law Firm Dick McGuire Invitational that is being played at the par-73, 6,069-yard Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Vargas, who is tied with Ohio State's Jennifer Cassidy after 18 holes, helped the third-ranked Waves to a fifth-place standing after the first round. Pepperdine opened with a 4-over par 296.

Ohio State holds a six-shot advantage over USC and UNLV after posting a 5-under par 287 and is the only team that finished under par. The Trojans and Rebels carded 1-over par scores of 293.

Texas A&M is in fourth place with a 2-over par 294, two shots ahead of the Waves.

The season-opening tournament includes eight teams that are ranked in Golfweek's Preseason Top 30.

Four players are currently tied for third at 3-under par 70 while sophomore Stephanie Gelleni, who is playing as an individual, is among a group of four players tied for seventh with 2-under par totals of 71.

Senior All-American Carolina Llano is tied for 11th with a 1-under par 72.

Sophomore Marina Choi shot a 2-over 75 while sophomore Leanne Bowditch and freshman Jayvie Agojo, who is making her collegiate debut, opened with 7-over par 80s.

The tournament continues on Sunday with second-round action and concludes on Wednesday. All the action can be followed live on the Internet at

1. Ohio State - 287
T2. USC - 293
T2. UNLV - 293
4. Texas A&M - 294
5. Pepperdine - 296
T6. California - 297
T6. New Mexico - 297
8. San Diego State - 298
T9. New Mexico State - 300
T9. South Carolina - 300
11. Baylor - 301
T12. Brigham Young - 302
T12. Colorado State - 302
14. Texas Christian - 304
15. Tulsa - 305
16. Texas-El Paso - 309
17. Texas Tech - 314
18. Hawaii - 328

T1. Eileen Vargas - 69
T7. Stephanie Gelleni - 71
T11. Carolina Llano - 72
T33. Marina Choi - 75
T80. Jayvie Agojo - 80
T80. Leanne Bowditch - 80



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