Shepherd in second place heading to final round at Old Hickory

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sophomore Amber Shepherd is tied for second place after shooting an even-par 72 Monday in the first round of the Belmont Women's Invitational being held at Old Hickory Country Club.

The Golden Eagles are in sixth place in the team standings, with the final 18 holes scheduled for Tuesday.

Host Belmont had four players in the Top 10 and owns a comfortable lead in the team standings after posting a 304 Monday. That's 13 shots better than UAB and Lipscomb, two teams tied for second at 317. Evansville (318) is fourth, followed by Austin Peay (323), Tech (330) and Trevecca Nazarene (341).

Individually, Belmont's Jennifer Newman owns a one-shot edge wth a first-round 71 Monday. Shepherd and Lipscomb's Savannah Schubert are tied for second at 72, with UAB's Caitlin Watts two shots back on the leaderboard at 74.

Sophomore Katy Beth Glover is next for Tech, tied for 26th place at 84, while junior Amanda Randolph shot an 86 and is tied for 30th place. Sophomore Brandy VanEtten is in 36th place with an 88 and junior Katherine Bell is one shot back and one spot behind in the standings in 37th place.