The Alabama Women's Golf team sits in 10th place after the first day at the Moon Golf Invitational at the Suntree County Club in Melbourne, Florida. The Tide went 9-over-par 297 in 18 holes in the spring opener with just five shots back from the top five.

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Florida State sits at the top of the leader board as they paced the field with a 2-under-par 286, but the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers only trail the Seminoles by one stroke. Tournament host Louisville and No. 7 Florida are tied at third place after matching 3-over-par 291. The 15 team tournament features nine top 25 with five in the top 10.

Fifth-year senior Angelica Moresco is in the lead for the Crimson Tide as she put up an even-par 72. Moresco responded to a double bogey on the par-4 at hole No. 1 with three birdies and one bogey through the next 17. She currently sits at 11th place on the individual board.

Today, Freshman Isabella van der Biest made her debut for the Tide as she recorded a 3-over-par 75. Biest carded three birdies and is tied for 39th place. Polly Mack put up a one-over-par 73 to tie for 23rd. Sarah Edwards sits presently at 65th with Benedetta Moresco at 76th.

Head coach Mic Porter said he found some positive things for the team to build on after a rocky start to the tournament.

"We clearly are a little rusty. Combine that with a tricky 15 mph wind, it was easy to make a few mistakes in judgement. Despite the score I did see a lot of positives today. We can use this experience and build on it because we are only three or four critical shots throughout the day from being in contention," Porter said.

The Crimson Tide will look to rebound the next two days after Sunday's rocky start. Alabama will travel to South Carolina next week to compete in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on February 28-March 2.

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