Goodwin overcomes early struggles in second round

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Photo: Kate Goodwin during the second round of the NCAA Division II Championship at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston.

HOUSTON (May 17, 2018) – After a tough first 10 holes, Oklahoma Christian’s Kate Goodwin steadied herself on Thursday during the second round of the NCAA Division II Championship at Bay Oaks Country Club.

The junior from Tulsa posted a 7-over-par 79 that could have gone off the tracks after consecutive double bogeys, but she buckled down and closed her round on the 6,103-yard course with eight straight pars.

Goodwin’s two-round score of 156 (12-over) left her in a tie for 52nd in the 72-woman field. The individual leader, Kylie Raines of Indianapolis (Ind.), is at 3-under 141.

Starting her round on the No. 1 tee, Goodwin – who qualified for the national tournament after winning the Division II West Super Regional individual title – was 3-over before a birdie on the par-5 No. 7. She bogeyed No. 8 before the double bogeys at No. 9 and No. 10, then settled down.

Indianapolis began pulling away from the rest of the 12-team field and has a 15-shot lead over second-place Nova Southeastern (Fla.) midway through the 72-hole event.

Goodwin will begin her third round at 8:35 a.m. on Friday, grouped with Helle Leed of Southern Arkansas and Olivia Sobaski of Central Missouri.


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