Belles Hold Ground on Day Two of NCAA Championship
Results, Scores, Stats (pdf)
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Saint Mary's golf team took eight strokes off of their team score from yesterday for a 323, which is also the best 18-hole round of the 2011-12 season for the Belles to this point.
The Belles' two-day score of 654 put them into a tie with Claremont Mudd Scripps for fourteenth place overall. Yet again on Wednesday, only ten strokes separate the Belles from breaking into the top ten as ninth place St. Olaf holds a two-day score of 644. The 14-time defending national champions from Methodist moved into familiar position by taking the lead at the midway point of the tournament with a 36-hole total of 620. DePauw is in second place with a 621, and Wisconsin-Eau Claire is currently third with a 622.
Saint Mary's score of 323 was tied for ninth-best round on the day in the field of 19 teams at Trine University's Zollner Golf Course.
Individually, Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Catherine Wagner posted the first sub-par round of the tournament (71) on Wednesday to move into first place individually with a cumulative score of 149. DePauw's Taylor Beaty and Williams College's Georgiana Salant are tied for second place in the battle for the individual national championship with two-day totals of 151.
Doyle O'Brien had the Belles' low score on the day and holds the team's lowest two-day score after shooting a 78 on a windy Wednesday afternoon. She shot an even-par 36 on the front nine, which included birdies on the par four third hole and the par five seventh hole. The sophomore was just fractions of an inch away from a birdie on the par three 11th hole, but her putt glanced off the flagstick. Her two-day score of 155 has her in a tie for 13th place individually.
Christine Brown had her second round of 81 of the spring on Tuesday to help pace the Belles. The senior followed up a 43 on the front nine with the team's best score on the back nine with a two-over 38. Brown had birdies on the par four 15th and the par five 18th holes as she improved her score by 11 strokes from yesterday. Her 36-hole score of 173 gives her a share of 87th place individually.
Janice Heffernan and Natalie Matuszak both shot rounds of 82 to secure the team's best score of the year. Heffernan carded a one-over 37 on the front nine with a 45 on the back nine on Wednesday. The freshman added a birdie on the par three sixth hole and had 10 pars on the day. Her two-day total of 166 puts her in a tie for 66th. Matuszak had a stellar finish to her round as she birdied the last three holes in-a-row. The senior had four birdies on the day (par five 5, par four 16, par three 17, and par five 18). With a two-day score of 170, she holds 83rd place midway through the tournament.
Paige Pollak rounded out the Belles' scores with an 85 (41-44) on Wednesday. The sophomore drained a birdie on the par five seventh hole and added five pars. Pollak has a share of 71st place with her two-day total of 167.
Saint Mary's will play tomorrow's round with Washington University in St. Louis (13th) and Claremont Mudd Scripps (t-14th) and will begin play at 8:50 a.m. off the back nine.