CONOVER, N.C. (May 14) – Bethany Darrough fired a one-over-par 72 and Taylor Neidy overcame a rough start for a 74 to lead Central Oklahoma to a fourth-place standing after the opening day of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships here Wednesday.
The Bronchos came in with a 301 at the par-71 Rock Barn Golf and Spa to trail first-day leader Lynn by seven shots. Rollins is second in the 12-team field at 297, followed by Tarleton State (300), UCO and Barry (305).
UCO begins second-round action in the four-day, 72-hole tourney at 7:30 a.m.
"It was a good start for us and I’m proud of how our girls fought today," head coach Michael Bond said. "We had some bad holes, but everybody did a great job of staying focused and they didn’t get rattled. We’re in a good position and just need to come back tomorrow ready to play."
Darrough’s 72 has her in a six-way tie for third in the individual standings, two shots behind leader California Baptist’s Tina Yang. Neidy is tied for 16th, while the Bronchos also got a 77 from Aly Seng and 78s from June Tigert and Katie Bensch.
UCO’s players opened play on No. 10 and Darrough offset a bogey on the 11th hole with a birdie on the par-3 13th in making the turn at even-par 36. She bogeyed three of the first five holes on the back nine before canning back-to-back birdie putts on Nos. 7 and 8 en route to a closing 36.
Neidy, coming off a runaway win in the Super Three Regional Tournament last week, started bogey-double bogey before rebounding to play even-par over the final 16 holes for her opening 74.
Seng had steady nines of 39-38, Tigert came in with 78 despite a back-nine quadruple bogey and Bensch opened with consecutive double bogeys before going just three-over on the last 16 holes.
Northeastern State freshman Baylee Price, playing as an individual, is tied for 29th after an opening round 77.
NCAA Division II Championship- First Day Results
May 14, 2014 at Conover, N.C.
(par-71,5,928 yard Rock Barn Golf and Spa)
1 #1 Lynn 294(+10)
2 #4 Rollins College 297(+13)
3 #5 Tarleton State 300(+16)
4 #13 Central Oklahoma 301(+17)
5 #2 Barry 305(+21)
6 (RV) Findlay 309(+25)
7 #11 Indianapolis 310(+26)
T8. #16 Arkansas Tech 311(+27)
#6 St. Edward’s 311(+27)
10 #23 Grand Valley State 315(+31)
11 #17 Dallas Baptist 319(+35)
12 (RV) Southwestern Oklahoma State 327(+43)
1 Tina Yang (California Baptist) 70(-1)
2 Holly Leadbetter (Rollins College) 71
T3. Marie Coors (St. Leo) 72(+1)
Michele Schambs (Findlay) 72(+1)
Haley Haught (St. Edward’s) 72(+1)
Louise Manalo (Lynn) 72(+1)
Bethany Darrough (Central Oklahoma) 72(+1)
Jessica Bradley (Lynn) 72(+1)
T29. Baylee Price 77(+6)