OCU women surge into lead in NAIA Championship

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Oklahoma City University’s Jessica Schiele carded a round-two 68 to surge to the top of the leaderboard at the NAIA Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

Schiele propelled the Stars, ranked No. 2 in NAIA women’s golf, to a two-day score of 310-305–615 and a tie for the lead with Cal State San Marcos. Lubbock Christian (Texas) finished the second round two shots back in third place.

Schiele’s 68 matched the lowest round ever recorded at the NAIA championships. Schiele fired 68 at Link Hills Country Club in Greenville, Tenn., in 2012. Former OCU golfer Ashley Sholer set the mark in 2006 when she won the individual championship.

Christian Liggin of Coastal Georgia finished the second round four shots back in second place.

“I was very pleased with the performance today,” OCU coach Marty McCauley said. “We are only halfway to the championship, so we will need to continue to stay focused and play as a team.”

Teams saw temperatures in the 50s and 60s with wind gusts as high as 24 mph and overcast skies on the par-72, 5,978-yard course.

Schiele, a senior from Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, England, turned in a bogey-free round and improved her two-day score to 75-68–143, one under par.

Elia Folch, a junior from Barcelona, Spain, made par 15 times in round No. 2 and turned in a 75. Folch moved her two-day total to 78-75–153 and grabbed a share of seventh place.

Senior Taylor Howard, of Ada, Okla., birdied the 10th hole and moved to 78-80–158. Fellow senior Mary Larsh, of Edmond, Okla., moved to 82-79–161 and Tanya Tibshraeny, a senior from Westhaven, Kirkwood, South Africa, moved to 84-80–164.
The Stars will return to action in the third round of the NAIA Championships at 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club.

Live scoring for the tournament will be available here. Go here for a live video stream of the greens on the ninth and 18 holes as well as the first and 10th tee boxes.

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