LAWRENCE, Kan. (April 22) – Central Oklahoma has a firm grasp on the lead after two days at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Women’s Golf Championships.
The Bronchos shot a 321 at the 6,237-yard, par-72 Alvamar Golf Club Tuesday for a two-round total of 641, good for a 12-shot cushion over second-place Northeastern State. Northwest Missouri is another 45 strokes back in third place the nine-team tourney that concludes Wednesday.
UCO is looking for its second straight conference title and its fifth tournament crown of this year.
"We gave away a some shots on the back nine that we shouldn’t have, but we’re still in a good position," head coach Michael Bond said. "We just need to be focused on finishing strong tomorrow and let the results take care of themselves."
The Bronchos made nine double bogeys on the final nine holes, but remained safely in front behind individual leader Taylor Neidy and June Tigert.
Both shot 78, two of just five players in the 45-player field to break 80. UCO also got an 81 from Aly Seng, while Bethany Darrough and Katie Bensch each had an 84.
Neidy is at 154 for a two-stroke advantage over NSU’s Baylee Price in the medalist race, while Tigert is another shot back in third.
Neidy, who opened the tournament with a 76 Monday, shot a front-nine and was even par through eight holes on the back nine before finishing with a double bogey.
Tigert had two birdies and two bogeys in firing an even-par 36 on the opening nine, but made three double bogeys in a back-nine 42.
2014 MIAA WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP – Second Round Results
April 22, 2014 at Lawrence, Kan.
(par-72, 6,237-yard Alvamar Golf Club Members Course)
1. #13 Central Oklahoma 320-321=641 (+65)
2. (RV) Northeastern State 326-327=653 (+77)
3. (RV) Northwest Missouri State 352-345=697 (+121)
4. Lindenwood 345-359=704 (+128)
5. Nebraska-Kearney 357-354=711 (+135)
6. Central Missouri 359-361=720 (+144)
7. Missouri Western State 363-372=735 (+159)
8. Fort Hays State 392-378=770 (+194)
9. Southwest Baptist 424-418=842 (+266)
1. Taylor Neidy (Central Oklahoma) 76-78=154 (+10)
2. Baylee Price (Northeastern State) 79-77=156 (+12)
3. June Tigert (Central Oklahoma) 79-78=157 (+13)
4. Sofia Castiello (Northeastern State) 80-78=158 (+14)
5. Arizona Chin (Northeastern State) 80-85=165 (+21)
NSU second, UCO seventh in men’s championship
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Northeastern State men’s golf team remained in second place after Tuesday’s second round of the 2014 MIAA Men’s Golf Championship, which is being contested on the par-72, 7,092-yard Alvamar Golf Club championship course.
The RiverHawks added 12 strokes to their opening-round score, carding a 15-over-par 303, but remained in second after five teams in the top six also shot higher second-round scores. NSU sits at 18-over 594 and is tied for second with Washburn (294-300). No. 9-ranked Central Missouri holds a comfortable 23-stroke lead sitting at 5-under 571. Lincoln (300-295=595) leapfrogged Lindenwood (297-300=597) for fourth-place honors.
Central Missouri’s Cy Moritz maintained his lead in the individual standings and is now at 5-under 139 (68-71). He is two strokes clear of teammate Robby Hughey (72-69), who is at 3-under 141.
Junior Josh Strimple led NSU with a 74, and he is tied for eighth at 3-over 147. Freshman Tate Williamson posted a 76 to find himself tied for 12th at 5-over 149, and sophomore Brent Williamson is tied for 20th at 7-over 151 after shooting 78 in the second round.
Junior Brad Hager shot 75 and moved up nine spots in the standings at 8-over 152. Freshman Marc Johnson (72-85) carded the second-highest score of the day to free-fall from sixth to 42nd. He was the low RiverHawk after the first round but now sits at 13-over 157.
Joby Gray shot an even-par 72 to pace Central Oklahoma. The defending champion Bronchos remained in seventh place in the 12-team tournament with a 605 total after shooting a second-round 301.
Gray’s 72 was the low round of the tournament for UCO, which also got a 75 from Russ Purser, a 76 from Matt Helms, a 78 from Eric Kline and a 79 from Logan Gray. Joby, who shot a 79 in Monday’s opening round, birdied the par-4 fifth hole and par-5 eighth in making the turn at 2-under 34. He had bogeys on Nos. 14 and 17 coming in for a back-nine 38 and the even-par round.
2014 MIAA MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP – Second Round Results
April 22, 2014 at Lawrence, Kan.
(par-72, 7,092-yard Alvamar Golf Club Championship Course)
1. #9 Central Missouri 283-288=571 (-5)
T2. (RV) Northeastern State 291-303=594 (+18)
Washburn 294-300=594 (+18)
4. Lincoln 300-295=595 (+19)
5. Lindenwood 297-300=597 (+21)
6. Missouri Western State 301-303=604 (+28)
7. (RV) Central Oklahoma 304-301=605 (+29)
T8. (RV) Nebraska-Kearney 306-308=614 (+38)
Missouri Southern State 309-305=614 (+38)
10. Fort Hays State 309-319=628 (+52)
11. Pittsburg State 316-314=630 (+54)
12. Southwest Baptist 321-317=638 (+62)
1. Cy Moritz (Central Missouri) 68-71=139 (-5)
2. Robby Hughey (Central Missouri) 72-69=141 (-3)
T3. Clayton Moles (Southwest Baptist) 71-72=143 (-1)
Travis Mays (Central Missouri) 71-72=143 (-1)
T5. Jake Smock (Lindenwood) 71-73=144 (E)
Ron McHenry (Washburn) 75-69=144 (E)