DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Northeastern State women’s golf team sits in eighth place after Thursday’s second round of the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships on the par-72, 6,228-yard Legends Course at LPGA International.
The RiverHawks improved their team score by one stroke from Wednesday’s first round, shooting 317 in the second round, but they slipped two spots to eighth. The team checked in at 59-over-par 635.
No. 1 Nova Southeastern shot 294 today and leads the tournament at 10-over 586. The Sharks are the four-time-defending champions and are the only team in the field who has ever won the national title.
No. 2 Lynn is second at 13-over 589, and No. 6 Barry is third at 20-over 596.
Freshman McCandren Lewis led NSU with a 77 in the second round. She is tied for 49th at 17-over 161.
Senior Whitney McAteer continues to pace the RiverHawks. She shot 80 Thursday and is tied for 30th at 11-over 155. Fellow senior Kelsey Kirkpatrick is tied for 32nd at 12-over 156. Sophomore Alex Koch is tied for 54th at 19-over 163, and freshman Kayla Schroeder is 71st at 49-over 193.
Daniela Ortiz of Nova Southeastern shot 75 today and leads the individual tournament at 2-under. She sits one stroke ahead of three others.
Third-round tee times will be released later.
Northeastern State is making its seventh appearance in the national finals and the first since 2007. The seven appearances are tied for fifth-most in NCAA Division II history and are the most of any team participating at this year’s championships.
Short-game troubles proved costly to Central Oklahoma on the second day of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships here Thursday as the Bronchos dropped a spot in the team standings.
UCO shot a 320 to finish two trips around the tough 6,228-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Legends Course at LPGA International with a 646 total, leaving the Bronchos 10th in the 12-team field with two rounds remaining.
“Our ball striking was better today and we kept the ball in play, but our short game was horrific,” head coach Michael Bond said. “We threw away a lot of shots on and around the greens, which should be a strength of ours.
“We’re better than what we’ve showed to this point and hopefully we play like we’re capable of the last two days.”
Aly Seng was the lone Broncho to break 80 in the second round, finishing with a 79. Erica and Katie Bensch both shot 80, while Taylor Neidy had an 81 and Tressa Brumley an 85.
Seng had steady nines of 39-40, while Erica Bensch made the turn at 38 before making two double bogeys en route to a back-nine 42.
2013 NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS – Second Round Results
May 16, 2013 at Daytona Beach, Fla.
(par-72, 6,228-yard Legends Course at LPGA International)
1. #1 Nova Southeastern 292-294=586 (+10)
2. #2 Lynn 301-288=589 (+13)
3. #6 Barry 302-294=596 (+20)
4. #4 St. Edward’s 304-309=613 (+37)
5. #8 Grand Canyon 309-305=614 (+38)
6. #5 Tarleton State 320-301=621 (+45)
7. #21 Indianapolis 321-301=622 (+46)
8. #27 Northeastern State 318-317=635 (+59)
9. #22 California (Pa.) 327-314=641 (+65)
10. #17 Central Oklahoma 326-320=646 (+70)
11. #25 Augustana 328-321=649 (+73)
12. #36 Ashland 344-325=669 (+93)
1. Daniela Ortiz (Nova Southeastern) 67-75=142 (-2)
T2. Teresa Hernani (Lander) 72-71=143 (-1)
Linnea Johansson (Nova Southeastern) 73-70=143 (-1)
Nancy Vergara (Barry) 71-72=143 (-1)
5. Louise Manalo (Lynn) 75-69=144 (E)
T30. Whitney McAteer 75-80=155 (+11)
T32. Kelsey Kirkpatrick 78-78=156 (+12)
T49. McCandren Lewis 84-77=161 (+17)
T54. Alex Koch 81-82=163 (+19)
71. Kayla Schroeder 94-99=193 (+49)