TCU and freshman Derrey in first place in Puerto Rico
Feb. 23, 2007
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- TCU freshman women's golfer Valentine Derrey tied a school record with a 5-under-par 67 to sit atop the leaderboard individually, while the Horned Frogs are in first place after Friday's opening round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
Derrey, a native of Paris, France, playing in just her second collegiate tournament, tied the TCU single-round record of 67 originally set by former Frog All-American Brooke Tull at the 2004 Ping/Arizona State Invitational.
Derrey's 67 included a 32 on the back 9. She had six birdies and just one bogey while hitting 13 greens. Derrey holds a two-stroke lead over Oklahoma State's Pernilla Lindberg.
"Valentine hit the ball great and made a lot of birdie putts," TCU coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin said. "She hit just as well last week and was real comfortable after playing in her first tournament.
"She's a great player and it was only a matter of time before she put it together. Fortunately, it was sooner rather than later. Valentine just played solid and did nothing miraculous. Her short game was very sharp. She birdied her first hole and last hole to start good and finish strong."
TCU's 1-over-par 289, which leads ninth-ranked Oklahoma State and No. 6 Auburn by three strokes, ties for the fifth-best round in school history. The Frogs are 13 strokes ahead of Georgia, who entered the tournament as the nation's top-ranked team.
"Our whole team played very steady and made it look easy," Ravaioli-Larkin said. "Camille and Catherine were under par for awhile. It was real windy the last nine holes, but it didn't seem to phase them. Our team just kept hitting the fairway greens and keeping it simple."
Second-round action begins Saturday at 7 a.m. CST. Live scoring is available at: