NCAA women's golf championships: Six Pac-12 teams remain in top 10
After day 1 of the NCAA women's golf championships at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. the home town Oklahoma Sooners had a three stroke lead over the field, including seven Pac-12 teams in the Top 10.
Day 2 represented a chance for the seven competing teams from the Pac-12 to make their move on the Sooners.
The No. 5 ranked Sun Devils finished tied with Duke and USC for third after the first round of play and looked to put together another impressive round on day 2. Arizona State's Justine Lee was clutch today, carding a 68 (-2), an effort her team needed after Lee's opening round 82 (+12) yesterday. With the help of Lee's round, ASU stayed put on the leaderboard, now standing alone in third place with a 580 (+7), going into day 3. The Sun Devils might be getting a little bit of their own home cooking, as coach Melissa Luellen grew up in Tulsa.
The No. 2 Bruins finished day 1 at 291 (+11), in second place in the 24 team field. Day 2 was not as kind to the UCLA golfers as no one shot par or better. Now the Bruins, 293 (+13), are sitting tied four fourth place (584) heading into day 3 with Arizona and USC.
No. 11 Arizona finished day 1 with a 298 (+18), in seventh place. After no player shot par or better in the first round, the Wildcats got a great team showing in Day 2. The combined 286 (+6) was the sixth best round of the day, tied with Stanford. A big reason for the score was Manon Gidali's 67 (-3), which tied for the lowest score of the day with Alexandra Kaui of Oklahoma, SooBin Kim of Washington and Elizabeth Szokol of Northwestern.
The No. 1-ranked Trojans started the day tied with the No. 3 Blue Devils and the No. 5 Sun Devils, but were not able to keep pace with the devlish golfers, despite shooting a 291 (+11), two shots better than the team's 293 (+13) day 1 score. Karen Chung had the best round for USC on day 2 with an even par 70, sinking two birdies on the back nine with a bogey on each side.
No. 12 Stanford started day 2 at 300 (+20), in 10th place even with the lowest score of the day by an individual, the Cardinal's Lauren Kim. Day 2 would see the Cardinal climb the leaderboards as Mariah Stackhouse led the way with a 69 (-1). Stanford's combined 286 (+6) catapulted them into seventh place. Kim, who had the best individual round after Day 1, sits tied for second after Day 2 with a combined 138 (67, 71), tied with Alyssa Ferrell of Michigan State, 138 (69, 69), and behind only Alexandra Kaui of Oklahoma 135 (68, 67).
The No. 6 ranked ranked Huskies, like Arizona, failed to post a single score of par or better in the first round, but with consistent play from the whole squad Washington was able to remain in the top 10, situated in eighth place. Day 2 saw the Huskies shoot a 289 (+9), 10 shots better than their first round 299 (+19), but still drop in the leaderboards as Stanford and Mississippi State posted lower scores in today's round. Washington's combined 588 (299, 289) now has them tied for ninth with Michigan State heading into day 3.
No. 25 California started day 2 with a 296 (+16), placing them in sixth place. The Golden Bears would not fare as well in day 2. A round-worst 305 (+25), saw the Bears drop to 21st on the leaderboard. It was no single golfer's fault for Cal as three cards were turned in with scores of 78 (+8) or higher.
NCAA women's golf championship action continues tomorrow with day 3 beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT at the Tulsa Country Club with all seven Pac-12 teams looking to move their way up the leaderboards.