Midwestern State junior Sierra Campbell notched four birdies over her final 10 holes, including a 1-under stretch on the back nine, Monday afternoon at the West Texas A&M Invitational played at the Par-71, 5,856-yard course at the La Paloma Golf Club in Amarillo.
"Sierra had a great round," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "She putted well and her iron game was very good. This is kind of golf we've come to expect from Sierra because she works so hard. It was good to see her play well."
Campbell completed the opening round in tie for second place with WT's Glory Jangthongsiri with a 1-over 72, just two strokes behind leader Paige Weiss of St. Mary's (Texas).
"This is a good golf course that is challenging but fair," Ray said. "As a team, we are making a lot of bogies around the green. We're just not chipping or putting well and that's probably because we haven't had much practice time. The girls are battling and competing but we are struggling as a team."
Junior Hayley Dambold carded an 8-over 79 to tie for 25th while sophomore Sarah Moore (81/34th-tied) and junior Kellie Martin (83/43rd-tied) turned in MSU's other countable scores for a total of 315 (+31).
The Mustangs head into Tuesday's final round tied for fifth with Lone Star Conference foes Texas A&M-Commerce and Angelo State.
St. Mary's (Texas) leads the tournament firing a 301 (+17) in the opening round. The Rattlers are trailed by Wayland Baptist (Texas) (303/+19), West Texas A&M (304/+20) and Newman (Kan.) (309/+25).
Freshman May Chimsuti carded a 13-over 84 to stand 48th while junior Madison Smith logged an 89 to tie for 63rd.
The final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.