KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The No. 11-ranked Northeastern State womenâ€™s golf team extended its lead to 28 strokes after the second round of the 2016 MIAA Championship, which is being held at the par-72, 5,893-yard Swope Memorial Golf Course.
The RiverHawks have now carded the two lowest rounds of the tournament so far, and they broke 300 in Tuesdayâ€™s second round to post 29-over-par 605 (306-299). No. 25 Central Oklahoma is well back in second place at 57-over 633 (321-312), while No. 49 Lindenwood sits third at 70-over 646 (324-322).
Missouri Western State is fourth at 87-over 663 (341-322), and Central Missouri rounds out the top five at 97-over 673 (341-332).
Junior Baylee Price remained the only player in the field under par, and she now holds a nine stroke advantage in the individual standings heading into the final round. She sits 1-under 143 (71-72).
True freshman Ebba Moberg is currently tied for second at 8-over 152 (77-75), while fellow true freshman Kelsey Lumpkin sits solo fourth at 10-over 154 (79-75). Senior Kayla Schroeder is tied for fifth after posting 12-over 156 (79-77), and fellow senior Charter Lawson is tied for 11th at 18-over 162 (79-83).
NSU is seeking its first conference championship since 2006, when the team was a member of the Lone Star Conference. Price is seeking her second-career MIAA title after winning individual honors as a freshman in 2014.
The RiverHawks will begin teeing off in Wednesdayâ€™s final round at 9:20 a.m.
Marla Souvannasing led a trio of Central Oklahoma players in the 70s and the Bronchos remained in second place. UCO knocked nine strokes off its opening-round score with a 312 and has a 633 tota.
Souvannasing shot a 76 to pace the Bronchos, while Camilla Schou and Makena Mucciaccio both had 78s. Daniela Martinez and Grace Shin added 80s.
â€œWe played a little better than yesterday, but couldnâ€™t really get anything going,â€ said head coach Michel Bond, whose team has won three straight MIAA titles. â€œWe just need to come out tomorrow and finish strong.â€
Souvannasing made only one birdie on the day in shooting 39-37 for the 76 that has her seventh in the individual standings with a 157 total.
Schou got off to a good start in making the turn at 1-over 37 before closing with a 41, while Mucciaccio came back from a front-nine 40 with a 38. The two are tied for eighth with 158 totals.
Martinez shot 40-40 in recording her second straight 80 and Shin rebounded from an opening-nine 43 with a one-over 37.
2016 MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP – Second Round Results
April 18-20, 2016 at Kansas City, Mo.
(par-72, 5,893-yard Swope Memorial Golf Course)
1. #11 Northeastern State 306-299=605 (+29)
2. #25 Central Oklahoma 321-312=633 (+57)
3. #49 Lindenwood 324-322=646 (+70)
4. Missouri Western State 341-322=663 (+87)
5. Central Missouri 341-332=673 (+97)
6. Northwest Missouri State 342-332=674 (+98)
7. Fort Hays State 356-344=700 (+124)
8. Nebraska-Kearney 367-348=715 (+139)
9. Southwest Baptist 386-371=757 (+181)
Rankings reflect the latest Golfstat.com Polls
1. Baylee Price (Northeastern State) 71-72=143 (-1)
T2. Ebba Moberg (Northeastern State) 77-75=152 (+8)
Elizabeth Leath (Central Missouri) 77-75=152 (+8)
4. Kelsey Lumpkin (Northeastern State) 79-75=154 (+10)
T5. Kayla Schroeder (Northeastern State) 79-77=156 (+12)
Madelyn Piccininni (Lindenwood) 81-75=156 (+12)
1. Baylee Price 71-72=143 (-1)
T2. Ebba Moberg 77-75=152 (+8)
4. Kelsey Lumpkin 79-75=154 (+10)
T5. Kayla Schroeder 79-77=156 (+12)
T11. Charter Lawson 79-83=162 (+18)