UCO’s Martinez in contention, Riverhawks move up to eighth in Division II Women’s Championship

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AURORA, Colo. – Central Oklahoma’s Daniela Martinez fired a 3-under-par 69 to move into contention for the individual title at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships here Thursday.

Martinez knocked five shots off her first-round score and is tied for second in the medalist race at one-under 143 with two rounds remaining.  Halley Ledbetter of Rollins leads with a 141 total.

Third-round action begins at 9 a.m. Friday and the four-day, 72-hole tournament concludes Saturday.

"I made some adjustments with the altitude," Martinez said.  "Yesterday I was hitting it too long and just couldn’t get the yardage right. Today I was double-checking the yardage, hitting more greens and getting more opportunities for birdie."

The senior standout made four birdies against just one bogey on the day at the 6,468-yard, par-72 CommonGround Golf Course in shooting her third round of the year in the 60s.

Martinez birdied the par-5 third hole to get to one-under quickly before giving that back with her lone bogey on the next hole.  She finished the front nine with four pars and a birdie on the par-3 sixth hole to make the turn at one-under 36.

Martinez reeled off five straight pars on the back nine before recording back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to get to three-under and then made par on the last two holes to stay there.

The No. 13-ranked Northeastern State women’s golf team moved up one spot to eighth in the team standings after the second round.

The RiverHawks shot 14-over-par 302 Thursday to land at 30-over 606 (304-302). NSU is tied with No. 12 Grand Valley State (302-304) and No. 17 Augustana (297-309).

No. 1 Rollins leads at 2-over 578 (290-288), while No. 10 Indianapolis is second at 10-over 586 (300-286) and No. 11 Dallas Baptist sits third at 15-over 591 (293-298). No. 4 Nova Southeastern is fourth at 16-over 592 (290-302), while No. 5 Saint Leo made a big move Thursday to get inside the top five at 23-over 599 (305-294).

True freshman Ebba Moberg continues to pace Northeastern State. She is tied for 20th at 5-over 149 (74-75). Senior Charter Lawson is tied for 29th at 7-over 151 (74-77). Junior Baylee Price shot even-par 72 in the second round to join Lawson at 151.

True freshman Kelsey Lumpkin is tied for 52nd at 11-over 155 (77-78), and senior Kayla Schroeder is in solo 70th at 22-over 166 (83-83).

The RiverHawks will begin teeing off in the third round on the 10th hole at 10:10 a.m. (CST) May 20.


May 18-21, 2016 at Aurora, Colo.
(par-72, 6,468-yard CommonGround Golf Course)

Team Standings

1.        #1 Rollins                                           290-288=578 (+2)

2.        #10 Indianapolis                               300-286=586 (+10)

3.        #11 Dallas Baptist                             293-298=591 (+15)

4.        #4 Nova Southeastern                     290-302=592 (+16)

5.        #5 Saint Leo                                      305-294=599 (+23)

6.        #7 Tarleton State                              301-300=601 (+25)

7.        #30 Findlay                                       299-303=602 (+26)

T8.     #13 Northeastern State                304-302=606 (+30)

           #12 Grand Valley State                    302-304=606 (+30)

           #17 Augustana                                  297-309=606 (+30)

11.     #28 West Texas A&M                       309-311=620 (+44)

12.     Missouri Western State                    327-309=636 (+60)


Rankings reflect the latest Golfstat.com Polls


Top-5 Standings

1.        Hally Leadbetter (Rollins)                            72-69=141 (-3)

T2.     Gabrielle Shipley (Grand Valley State)       73-70=143 (-1)

           Paige Lyle (Rollins)                                       75-68=143 (-1)

           Daniela Martinez (Central Oklahoma)        74-69=143 (-1)

           Marisa Toivonen (Augustana)                     70-73=143 (-1)


NSU Individuals

T20.   Ebba Moberg                                     74-75=149 (+5)

T29.   Charter Lawson                                74-77=151 (+7)

           Baylee Price                                       79-72=151 (+7)

T52.   Kelsey Lumpkin                                 77-78=155 (+11)

70.     Kayla Schroeder                                83-83=166 (+22)


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