NCAA Women's Golf Regionals: Stanford, OSU's Nicole Schroeder charge in front
Through two rounds of NCAA Women's Golf Regionals concluding Tuesday, Stanford is tied for the lead while Oregon State's Nicole Schroeder is the clubhouse leader in the Madison Regional. Overall, eight of the 10 Pac-12 women's golf teams that qualified for regionals are in the top six of their respective regionals. The top six teams and top three individuals from non-qualifying teams at each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, which take place May 18-23 in Stillwater, Okla.
Madison Regional- University Ridge Golf Course (Hosted by Wisconsin)
USC closed the round on a sour note by shooting 5-over as a team over the last two holes but are still in third after a second-round even-par 288 has the Trojans at 3-under for the regional. USC was led on Tuesday by Jennifer Chang's 2-under 70. She had a bogey-free day, going until she double-bogeyed the par-3 17th. Allisen Corpuz, who is still the low Trojan for the tournament at 3-under (tied for seventh), was working on a 3-under day until she bogeyed 17 and double-bogeyed 18 to card a 72. Corpuz is the second-lowest Pac-12 golfer, trailing only clubhouse leader Nicole Schroeder of Oregon State. Amelia Garvey, who shot even par on the day, is also in the top 10 at 2-under through 36 holes. It'll be a stretch for the Trojans to win the regional, as they are currently 11 shots behind first-place Duke (14-under; Virginia is second at 6-under).
'Twas a solid Tuesday for the defending-champion Sun Devils, as Arizona State shot a 2-under 286 as a team to move to 2-under for the tournament. That's good for a tie for fourth place with Oregon State and three shots clear of a three-way Big Ten tie for sixth a 1-over featuring Illinois, Northwestern and THE Ohio State University. Powered by three birdies and an eagle over her first seven holes, Roberta Liti had the low round of the day for the Sun Devils, shooting a 2-under 70 that has her in a tie for ninth at 2-under through 36 holes. Arizona State also got an under-par round from Raquel Olmos, who fought back from a double bogey on the first hole to shoot 71 and move up to even par for the regional.
— Sun Devil W. Golf (@SunDevilWGolf) May 8, 2018
The Beavers are 18 holes closer to their first NCAA Championships appearance since 1998 and just their second appearance all-time, joining the Sun Devils at 2-under and tied for fourth for the regional after carding a 3-under 285 as a team on Tuesday. Nicole Schroeder was one of the big stories of the day in the Madison Regional, shooting a career-best 6-under 66 to move into first place on the player leaderboard through 36 holes one day after shooting a career-best 4-under 68. After bogeying the first hole, Schroeder birdied the second and third and only bogeyed one hole the rest of the way. Entering Tuesday in third, Schroeder is now four shots clear of Indiana's Erin Harper for first and is the only player in the regional to shoot a pair of sub-70 rounds. Maybe we should all do a little more Sudoku if it's going to yield Schroeder-esque results:
The @nicole_schro routine:
Hit a golf shot, do sudoku, repeat. pic.twitter.com/DO9GFua3u8
— Oregon State Golf (@BeaverWGolf) May 8, 2018
Tallahassee Regional (Don Veller Seminole Golf Course — Hosted by Florida State)
The Dawgs certainly cooled off on Tuesday, shooting 16 strokes worse than a regional-best 273 on Monday. But their two-round total of 562 (-14) still has the Huskies in second place and well in position to move on to the NCAA Championships for the first time since winning it all two years ago.
Now four shots back of Alabama, which shot a Tuesday-best 276 to move to 18-under for the regional, Washington was paced by Sarah Rhee, who backed up a Monday 67 with a 4-under 68 to move to 9-under through 36 holes. That total puts the Husky junior in a tie for second and just one stroke off the lead on the individual leaderboard. Wenyung Keh couldn't back up a program-record 63 with another sub-70 round on Tuesday, cooling off to a 5-over 77 for her second round. She's now in a tie for ninth at 4-under for the regional.
All five golfers are now on the course for the second round of the Regionals in Tallahassee pic.twitter.com/9uyNYvaShS
— Washington Women's Golf (@UW_WGolf) May 8, 2018
The bigger story team-wise in the Tallahassee regional for the Pac-12 was Arizona, who moved up four spots to sixth to put itself above the cut line to make it to the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats were nine shots better on Tuesday, registering a 7-under 281 to be 5-under for the regional. That has the Wildcats three strokes ahead of 7th-place Wake Forest (-2).
Arizona received a pair of 69's from Bianca Pagdanganan and Gigi Stoll, while Haley Moore shot a 1-under 71 and YuSang Hou shot even par to remain at 3-under for the regional. Hou and Stoll are tied for 15th at 3-under with 18 holes remaining.
After the completion of the 2nd Round the Cats are in 6th place at 5-under par!
T15 - Hou (-3)
T15 - Stoll (-3)
T20 - Pagdanganan (-2)
T41 - Moore (+3)
T79 - Nordaas (+10)
— Arizona Women's Golf (@ArizonaWGolf) May 8, 2018
San Francisco Regional (TPC Harding Park- Hosted by Stanford)
TPC Harding played considerably tougher on Tuesday as opposed to Monday, with winds blowing up to 15 miles per hour by the end of the round. This worked out well for the Cardinal, as Stanford was just one of three teams (out of 18) to register under-par rounds as a team for the second round. The Card's 1-under 287 for the second straight day has it tied for first with Kent State at 2-under for the regional. While Andrea Lee, tied for first after Monday, shot 2-over to fall into a tie for second at 4-under, Emily Wang turned in a 3-under 69 to equal Lee's 36-hole total of 140 (-4). The two of them are one stroke off the lead, currently held by Pepperdine's Hira Naveed. Albane Valuenzuela and Mika Liu both turned in even-par rounds to help steady Stanford.
A shaky Tuesday dropped UCLA from first to third, as the Bruins shot a 7-over 295 to fall to 1-under for the regional. They're still six shots clear of the wrong side of the cut line, so there's no reason to panic. On Tuesday, however, the Bruins had to count a pair of 75s toward the team score, while only Lilia Vu broke even par. Despite shooting 75 on Tuesday, Mariel Galdiano is still tied for fourth for the regional at 3-under alongside Patty Tavatanakit, who carded a 1-over 73 on Tuesday.
— UCLA Women's Golf (@UCLAWomensGolf) May 8, 2018
The Ducks shot 2-over as a team on Tuesday to get into a tie for fourth with Ole Miss with 18 holes remaining. Currently 1-over for the regional, Oregon has a 4-stroke cushion over the cut line, which probably isn't nearly enough to feel totally safe about making it to the NCAA Championships just yet. That said, the Ducks are in a qualifying position in large thanks to Kathleen Scavo (tied for fifth at 3-under for the regional) and Petra Salko (tied for 12th at 1-under). Salko had the best round of the day ofr the Ducks with a 3-under 69, while Scavo was under par for the second straight day with a 1-under 71.
— Oregon Women's Golf (@OregonWGolf) May 8, 2018
All of the cushion Colorado built with a 4-under 284 on Monday has been completely washed away by a 10-over 298. Now, the Buffs are in a tie for ninth with Pepperdine at 6-over. Colorado, which has finished seventh in each of the last two regional rounds, is two strokes back of sixth-place Oklahoma State and one stroke behind Louisville and North Carolina, both tied for seventh. Nobody on the Buffs' roster broke even par Tuesday. Brittany Fan still leads the way for Colorado with a 3-under (tied for fourth).
The Golden Bears were five shots better on Tuesday, with four golfers combining for a 4-over 292 but remain in 13th place at 13-over. Marthe Wold put together another top-notch round, birdieing two of her last three holes to notch a 2-under for the day and 3-under for the regional. She's now sixth. Assuming Wold has another solid round Wednesday, she appears to have a real shot to make it to the NCAA Championships, but it doesn't look like she'll have any Cal company. The Golden Bears are nine strokes off the cut line heading into the final round and have seven teams in front of them they would need to leapfrog to receive a berth.
Two birdies in the last three holes! Marthe is rolling! pic.twitter.com/UzFinemXW5
— Cal Women's Golf (@CalWGolf) May 8, 2018
Considering how tough the course was Tuesday, Alivia Brown's even par was a very good second-round result. The lone Cougar in regional play jumped 18 spots up to a tie for 43rd at 4-over. It's still too early to determine who the top three individuals on non-qualifying teams will be, but Brown has at least given herself a meaningful third round to play beyond lookinh to finish the season on a strong note.