NSU women 10 shots ahead of UCO in MIAA Championship

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – Northeastern State is one round away from its third convective MIAA Women’s Golf Championship after extending its lead to ten strokes on Tuesday.

The RiverHawks carded a tournament low 317 in their second trip through the Swope Memorial Golf Course with Kelsey Lumpkin scoring a team low 77 (+5).

With a two-day total at 636, NSU will need to fend of rival Central Oklahoma which is second at 646.  Lindenwood (648) and Missouri Western (649) are also in the hunt to try to knock the RiverHawks off of their championship bid.

Ebba Moberg slipped down a pair of spots from the medalist lead and is in third with a 157 (78-79).  The NSU junior is three strokes off the lead which is held by Shi Qing Ong of Missouri Western.

Just behind and vying for a high finish is Halie Wright who is tied for fifth scoring a 160 (81-79).  Lumpkin made the RiverHawks largest improvement in the second round and shaved seven shots on Tuesday with a 77 and is tied for eighth place (161).

Lexi Armon is tied for tenth (79-83=162) and Sumie Francois landed at 15th overall (81-82=163)

Through 36 holes, the RiverHawks have dropped in 89 pars scores with Moberg tied for the individual tournament high with 21.

Yuna Sato fired a season-low 74 to lead Central Oklahoma as the Bronchos moved into second place.

UCO had the second-best score of the day with a 318 and has a 646 total after two trips around the 5,835-yard, par-72 Swope Memorial Golf Course.

Sato knocked 12 strokes off her first-round score with the 74 that bested her previous season best by three shots.  Makena Mucciaccio shot 78, while Sydney Roberts and Marla Souvannasing both had 83s and J.T. Neuzil a 91.

In the individual standings, Sato is tied for fifth at 160 while Mucciaccio is tied for eighth at 161 and Roberts tied for 10th at 162.

Sato birdied the par-4 third hole and was one-under through six holes before bogeying Nos. 7 and 8 to make the turn at one-over 37.  The freshman had two bogeys and a birdie on the par-3 16th hole for a back-nine 37.

Mucciaccio shot a front-nine 39 and double bogeyed No. 10 before making seven straight pars before finishing with a final-hole bogey for a closing 39.


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