W-Golf Improves To 11th
Columbia, Mo. - Paced by Jolene Fellhauer's tournament best first to second round 10-stroke improvement, the Colorado women's golf team inched up to 11th place following Tuesday's second round of the seventh annual Big 12 Championships.
Fellhauer, who shot a first round 88, took advantage of drier conditions and hit irons on some greens which resulted in four birdies, four bogeyes for par on the back nine and her shaving a tournament best 10 strokes off Tuesday's round for a 78 today and 54-hole total 166 for a share of 48th place with teammate Erin Kerr.
"I was determined not to shoot high today," said Fellhauer. "I hit the ball really well and I think that I could have realistically had a 72, 73, but my course management and mental game wasn't there today. I need to stay more focused."
Missouri (604) continues to maintain the slimmest of leads, a one-stroke advantage over eighth-ranked Oklahoma State (605) which shot a tournament low 296 today. Third ranked Texas (609) is five strokes off the lead, followed by Nebraska (618), Oklahoma (619) and Kansas State (622), which rounds out the top half of the field. Nebraska's Sarah Sasse has overtaken the individual leader board with a two-day 74-74-148, just one stroke ahead of a pack of four players in second with a 54-hole 149. Kansas State's Miranda Smith, the lone player in the field of 60 to shoot better than par (1-under 71 today), is part of that group challenging Sasse.
Despite having problems converting birdie opportunities today, Allison Rella continues to pace the Buffs with a solid long game, as she shot a second round 79 and is tied for 31st with Allison Johnson of Oklahoma, with a two-round total 159.
Kerr continues to struggle on the 6,008-yard Country Club of Missouri course. Today she ran into trouble when she went out of bounds twice on the 11th hole forcing her to card a nine on the hole as she dropped 15 places in the individual standings after carding a second round 85, bringing her 54-hole total to 166 for the share of 48th with Fellhauer.
Maria Persson Gulda started the day off strong, but struggled coming into the clubhouse and also fell a pair of strokes with an 86 today and seven places, which Kelly had to count towards the team total, and now has sole possession of 55th place. She sits four places and five strokes ahead of postseason newcomer Joey Stetser, who had a second straight bad day for a second round 88 and two-loop total 175.
The championships' third, and final, round tees off at 8 a.m. Wednesday off #1 and #10. It will be Colorado's last chance to make an impression on the NCAA selection committee that will be sending out invitations to the NCAA West Regionals in Tempe, Ariz., on Monday. Colorado is currently sitting on what has grown into a pretty large bubble.
"All we can do is go out there and salvage what we can," said head coach Anne Kelly.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP (Columbia, Mo.)
1. Missouri........304-300- 604
2. Oklahoma State..309-296- 605
3. Texas...........307-302- 609
4. Nebraska........311-307- 618
5. Oklahoma........314-305- 619
6. Kansas State....312-310- 622
7. Texas A&M.......321-306- 627
8. Baylor..........321-313- 634
9. Iowa State......326-312- 638
10. Kansas..........325-322- 647
11. COLORADO........332-328- 660
12. Texas Tech......329-332- 661
t-31. Allison Rella........80-79- 159
t-48. Erin Kerr............81-85- 166
t-48. Jolene Fellhauer.....88-78- 166
t-55. Maria Persson Gulda..84-86- 170
t-59. Joey Stetser.........87-88- 175