Stanford enjoying experience of U.S. Open

LUBBOCK, Texas - Playing against some of the top players in the world, in her first major golf tournament, former Red Raider Tracy Stanford is soaking up the experience at the U.S. Open, held at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Midland, Texas, native carded an opening round 15-over 86, but knows she can fix her problem. Stanford had six pars on the day.

"I struggled with my putting and woods today," Stanford said after the round. "I missed a lot of short putts, because I wasn't being aggressive enough."

Her first major has brought a learning experience she wasn't expecting after only turning pro in late May. Prior to the U.S. Open she played in the Colorado Women's Open and the Texas Women's Open.

"I definitely didn't see myself playing in a major right after turning pro," Stanford exclaimed. "The week has been a blast being able to get to know the course and players."

The second round of competition begins Friday at 2:31 p.m. EST and the former Red Raider is looking forward to it.

"I expect to be more relaxed than I was today," she said. "I'll try to be more precise and take my time and just be more aggressive, because I have nothing to lose."

Stanford played for Texas Tech from 2007-2009.