OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – On the second day of competition at the 2019 NAIA Women’s Golf Championship, conditions were not quite as favorable for scoring as they were on day one. The temperature was a bit warmer, and the winds a bit breezier, but that was not enough to slow down the University of British Columbia (B.C.).
The Thunderbirds climbed two places in the team standings, taking the lead with a team round of 296 at the halfway point of the Championship. The round was tied for the second best team score of the day, two shots behind the round turned in by SCAD Savannah (Ga.) Bees, who shot a 294. Keiser University (Fla.) sits in second after the cut, with SCAD-Savannah in third, Dalton State (Ga.) College in fourth, and a tie for fifth with the University of Northwestern Ohio and the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.).
The top 17 teams and top 12 individuals who finished in the top-40 and ties after the round made the cut, and beginning on Thursday, the tournament will go to a single session, although tee times will continue to be scheduled off both the front and back nines. The first tee times are for six of the individuals who will tee-off at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
News and Notes
• Kate Johnston (UBC) and Ashlynn Joyner (Southeastern University, Fla.) tied for the low round of the day with rounds of 69. Johnston had four birdies in the round with one bogey, and Joyner birdied six holes and suffered two one-stroke setbacks.
• The morning groups featured two teams who clinched their way into the tournament’s final two rounds before any of the afternoon groups finished play. Northwestern Ohio and Cumberland University (Tenn.) each finished in the top-17 when their rounds concluded, and both are in the top-10 with 36 holes to play.
• SCAD-Savannah’s Paula Sofia Suarez had the tournament’s second hole-in-one, an ace of the 150-yard par-3 second hole. She hit an 8-iron off the tee and ran the ball into the hole, though because of the topography of the hole, she was not able to see the ball go in the hole.
• William Penn University (Iowa) and SCAD-Atlanta (Ga.) were the only other two morning group teams to make the cut. Both the Statesmen and the Bees had to wait for other teams to slide backward as the afternoon groups came in. The Statesmen are currently 15th, and the Bees are the last team to make the cut in 17th.
New and Notes
- • Opening round leader Oklahoma City University slid back to the pack, but the Stars remain very much in contention. OCU shot a team round of 319 in the windy afternoon conditions, and they remain tied for seventh with Loyola University (La.).
- • Keiser’s Michela Tjan and Maria Zrodowska of William Woods University (Mo.) share the 36-hole lead individually at 1-under par 143. Zrodowska is the low individual in the Championship after her team did not make the cut.
- • 12 Individuals qualified for the final two rounds, with 11 of those 12 continuing play after their teams were eliminated. The cut line fell at +9, and one of the six individuals to qualify for the Championship – Hannah Sager of Faulkner University (Ala.) – also made the cut.
- • Four teams have two individuals in the top-10: British Columbia (B.C.), Keiser (Fla.), SCAD-Savannah, and Northwestern Ohio.
- • British Columbia is the only team to rank in the top-4 in scoring on par-3s, par-4s, and par-5s. The Thunderbirds are 7-over par on the par-3 holes, 19-over par on the par-4s, and 6-over par on the par-5s.
- • The Thunderbirds are also tied with Dalton State for the tournament lead with 121 pars.
- • Loyola (La.) and Cumberlands (Ky.) are tied for the most birdies with 23, and Keiser is the only other school with more than 20 birdies – the Seahawks have 22.
- • Texas Wesleyan University, Victoria (B.C.), Keiser (Fla.), SCAD-Savannah (Ga.), Cumberlands (Ky.), Rocky Mountain College (Mont.), Cumberland (Tenn.), Bellevue University (Neb.), and Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) each have one of the tournament’s nine eagles.
1. British Columbia – 294-296; 590
2. Keiser (Fla.) – 297-296; 593
3. SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) – 302-294; 596
4. Dalton State (Ga.) – 293-309; 602
T5. Northwestern Ohio – 302-301; 603
T5. Cumberlands (Ky.) – 304-299; 603
T7. Oklahoma City – 287-319; 606
T7. Loyola (La.) – 300-306; 606
9. Cumberland (Tenn.) – 304-305; 609
10. William Carey (Miss.) – 298-313; 611
T11. Oregon Tech – 304-314; 618
T11. Taylor (Ind.) – 313-305; 618
13. Southeastern (Fla.) – 316-303; 619
14. Texas Wesleyan – 301-321; 622
15. William Penn (Iowa) – 315-309; 624
16. USC-Beaufort (S.C.) – 309-316; 625
17. SCAD-Atlanta (Ga.) – 312-315; 627
18. Rocky Mountain (Mont.) – 317-311; 628 (MC)*
T19. Morningside (Iowa) – 312-317; 629 (MC)*
T19. Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) – 315-314; 629 (MC)*
21. Victoria (B.C.) – 316-314; 630 (MC)*
T22. Indiana Tech – 316-316; 632 (MC)*
T22. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) – 327-305; 632 (MC)*
24. Coastal Georgia – 316-317; 633 (MC)*
25. William Woods (Mo.) – 322-318; 640 (MC)*
26. Bellevue (Neb.) – 327-320; 647 (MC)
27. Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) – 325-330; 655 (MC)
28. Oklahoma Wesleyan – 343-316; 659 (MC)*
29. Midway (Ky.) – 333-329; 662 (MC)
30. Vanguard (Calif.) – 352-369; 721 (MC)
*- Indicated team missed cut, but had individuals qualify to continue playing
- Day three begins tomorrow May 15th tee times begin in Oklahoma City at 7:30 AM
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