Day 2 recap: USC 3rd, Arizona State tied for 4th in NCAA women's golf regionals

Five Pac-12 teams are currently on the cut line to qualify for the NCAA Championships later this month, as USC, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA are all tied for eighth or better heading into tomorrow's final round. Arizona is not far behind either, currently in tenth place and three strokes off the cut line.

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West Regional


After a hot start that saw them momentarily take the lead, the Women of Troy shot 5-over as a team and dropped one spot to third in the West Regional after 36 holes. However, Andrea Gaston's team is still well within striking distance of first, trailing first-place Purdue by two strokes and second-place Vanderbilt by one. While USC isn't atop of the team leader board, Annie Park still is in first on the player leader board after an even-par 71 kept her at 4-under for the tournament. The Pac-12 Champ has a one stroke lead heading into the final round.


Now that's more like it for the home side. After shooting 301 (+17) in the first round, the Stanford Cardinal were the only team to shoot even par on the day in the West Regional. As a result, they moved up from a tie for 12th to fifth place all by their lonesome. Remember what I said about Mariah Stackhouse? She lived up to the hype today, going for a 69 to give her the second-lowest round on the day along with Purdue's Paula Reto (Kent State's Jennifer Ha shot a 68 to best 'em all). Overall, Stackhouse is in a tie for 12th with teammate Mariko Tumangan, who shot 1-under on her second 18.


Not every school was able to improve upon its Thursday result. Oregon was one of those schools to struggle more on the second day, taking five more strokes (297, +13) to finish up today in seventh place and stay in position for a championship berth. However, the Quacks did get another strong performance from Cassy Isagawa. The  Hawaiian bounced back from consecutive bogeys on her sixth and seventh holes to shoot a 1-under 70 on the day. That makes her 3-under through 36 and is still Annie Park's closest competition for the No. 1 spot. Caroline Inglis also had a nice round for head coach Ria Scott, carding a 71 to remain at plus-1 for the regional (she is in a tie for eighth with three others).


Arizona was two strokes better than Thursday, but its Friday total of 298 (+14) still has the Wildcats on the outside looking in when it comes to the top 8. The tenth-place Cats trail eighth-place Georgia by three strokes and ninth-place Kent State by two. Janie Jackson equaled her Thursday 71 today to remain at even par on the tournament, good for a tie for sixth with Kendall Martindale of Vanderbilt. With the exception of Manon Gidali (whose 7-over did not count toward Friday's team total), every Wildcat either improved upon or equaled her first round score.


The course wasn't as kind to the Golden Bears, who shot 312 (+28) as a team to fall from eighth after Thursday to 17th going into Saturday. No Oski-ite shot better than the 6-over of Nicola Roessler and Joi Penton, while Jacqueline Williams and Hannah Suh (who shot 1-under Thursday) both recorded 79's. Through two days, Suh still has the best Cal score at 7-over, though she is currently in a tie for 40th.


Colorado's individual participant mirrored Cal and Oregon in the sense that her Friday wasn't as good as her first round. After an impressive 1-over Thursday, Coleman shot 79 (+8) in the second round to put her in a tie for 51st on the player leader board.


Central Regional


Just how tough was Jimmie Austin at OU Golf Club Friday? Only four teams shot lower than 10-over as a group, compared to 16 accomplishing the same feat 24 hours prior. The Sun Devils weren't one of the group of four, but they were close enough, shooting 10-over as a squad to climb into a tie for fourth with the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina (both teams are +14 for the tournament). The ceiling for Arizona State seems to be third, because regional-leading Oklahoma and second-place Duke are both under par after 36. Talk about a team effort: Arizona State's top golfer (Emilie Alonso, +3) is tied for 24th on the player leader board, so everybody is getting it done for the new Sparky. Laura Blanco, Dani Ordonez and Justine Lee each shot 2-over Friday, while Emilie Alonso carded a 76.


Like the Sun Devils, the Huskies were part of the majority to score higher than 297. However, the Huskies had a much rougher go of it, shooting 307 (+19) to drop from tied for 12th and two strokes out of the top 8 to tied for 15th and ten strokes out of qualification. If the Huskies want to spring into the top 8, the bottom three will need to card  more like SooBin Kim and Ying Luo. Kim is 2-over for the regional, good for an eight-way tie for 16th, while Luo's plus-2 for Friday was the best 18 for a Husky (Kim shot 3-over today after her 1-under yesterday).

East Regional


UCLA will need to turn it up just a tad if it wants to book a trip to Athens. After a team-wide 10-over, the Bruins have fallen right on the NCAA Championships cut line at eighth along with Tennessee. Unfortunately for the Bruins, they were just one of four teams on Auburn's course to shoot ten or more strokes worse than they did on Thursday. Fortunately for the Bruins, they have Erynne Lee, who boasts the sixth-best stroke average in the nation as of today. She shot 2-over today and is on the highest rung of any Bruin on the ladder, currently in a six-way tie for 31st.  One of those golfers she is tied with is teammate Lee Lopez, who shot 3-over Friday after registering a 71 Thursday.

Can USC come from behind to win the West Regional? Will UCLA best Tennessee and the other teams below it to advance to the final 24? Can Arizona make up the strokes necessary to climb in there as well? Check back at the Pac-12 Post tomorrow for the results of the third and final round of regional action.

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