Suh, Wold Card 67’s In Schooner Fall Classic Round Two

NORMAN, Okla. – Junior Hannah Suh’s strong opening round seemed to be the spark that the Golden Bears needed as California had a three-stroke improvement Sunday to remain in fifth place after 36 holes at the Schooner Fall Classic held at the Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

Suh, who shot 1-under yesterday, improved to a career-best 3-under 67 Sunday, and that output was matched by true freshman Marthe Wold who also shot a 67 to lead California on the second day of competition at the tournament.

As a team, California was just 1-over with a 282 Sunday and are tied for fifth with a 285-282=566 (+6). Mississippi State remains in the lead with a 550 (-10), followed by Kent State (561, +1) and Arkansas (562, +2).

“We’re in fifth and that’s encouraging for this field and this group,” California head coach Nancy McDaniel said. “Hannah’s under par round yesterday was contagious, and she got things going for us. We had two rounds under par today, and that was great. Marthe had it going today with six birdies. Now we’re getting the ball in the hole and hoping for a good day tomorrow.

Suh moved into fourth on the individual leaderboard with her 67 Sunday, marking her fourth career round at 3-under par. She began strong again with a birdie on the 1st and finished with a total of five birdies, bringing her tournament total up to nine. With a 69-67=136 (-4), Suh is just two strokes behind the leader, Ally McDonald of Mississippi State, who has a 6-under 134.

Playing in her third career collegiate tournament, Wold also shot a 3-under 67 Sunday for her first collegiate round under par. The true freshman shot a total of six birdies Sunday and sits tied for seventh with a 70-67=137 (-3) to continue her strong weekend in Oklahoma.

“It’s interesting because it’s not windy much today at all,” McDaniel said. “The wind was zero today. Yesterday it was gusting up to 16 miles per hour, so we were expecting more wind. To have it so calm today was nice. We could make some putts and get it close to the hole. Tomorrow is looking good too. Normally this course is sort of a natural for wind, and not having it makes the scores go pretty low. You can get those rounds under par.”

Junior Carly Childs had a rough front nine to drop to 50th on the individual leaderboard with a 70-76=146 (+6). Childs found herself 5-over through seven holes, but the Bay Area native found her groove on the back nine, finishing just 1-over on the final nine holes to finish with a 76.

Jo Ee Kok and Alice Jeong both had improved rounds Sunday with Kok improving by one stroke and Jeong by eight strokes in the second round. Kok carded a 75 and is 74th on the individual leaderboard with a 76-75=151 (+11). Jeong had the third-best round for a golden Bear Sunday after carding a 72, courtesy of four birdies.

“We came out here to compete against teams in the midwest and see how we stacked up,” McDaniel said. “It’s good for us to be out here and see other teams from other parts of the country. At this point we’re really glad we came out. Hopefully we can follow up on that tomorrow. “

Competition will conclude on Monday in Norman. The Bears will look to improve as a team into the top three of the tournament to put themselves into a position to benefit the Bay Area community. One of the benefits of the Schooner Fall Classic is that the top three teams will receive $5,000 that will go to charities designated by the team. The Golden Bears have chosen their beneficiaries to be the Children’s Hospital of Oakland and the First Tee of Oakland should Cal finish in the top three.

“It’s a very unique tournament,” McDaniel said of competing at the Schooner Fall Classic. “It’s all about paying it forward and teaching the players to appreciate the community and charity. We’re looking forward to a strong round tomorrow.”

COURSE: Belmar Golf Club, 6,082 yards, par-70 – Norman, Okla.

FORMAT: Three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes each day. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.

CAL LINEUP:
T4. Hannah Suh – 69-67=136 (-4)
T7. Marthe Wold – 70-67=137 (-3)
T50. Carly Childs – 70-76=146 (+6)
T74. Jo Ee Kok – 76-75=151 (+11)
79. Alice Jeong – 80-72=152 (+12)

COMPETING TEAMS
1. Mississippi State – 277-273=550 (-10)
2. Kent State – 287-274=561 (+1)
3. Arkansas – 290-272=562 (+2)
4. Texas A&M – 283-281=564 (+4)
T5. California – 285-282=566 (+6)
T5. SMU – 282-284=566 (+6)
7. Notre Dame – 290-277=567 (+7)
8. LSU – 283-288=571 (+11)
9. UCF – 292-280=572 (+12)
10. Baylor – 293-28=573 (+13)
11. Texas Tech – 293-282=576 (+16)
12. Florida State – 293-286=579 (+19)
T13. Texas State – 298-282=580 (+20)
T13. TCU – 296-284=580 (+20)
15. Texas – 295-287=582 (+22)
T16. Clemson – 293-292=587 (+27)
T16. Oklahoma – 296-291=587 (+27)

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