Bruins Take Slim Lead in NCAA Championship

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Courtesy of uclabruins.com
 
College CentralMidway through the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Opelika, AL, the second-ranked UCLA women's golf team holds a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Duke.
 
The Bruins blistered the Auburn National Golf Course with a 5-under-par team score of 283 and lead the Blue Devils by one stroke after 36 holes. UCLA owns a two-round total of 572, 4-under-par, followed by Duke at 573. Several other teams, including first-round leader Oklahoma State, which began the day at even par, were still on the course and have yet to finish their second round. Fourth-ranked Vanderbilt, playing with just four competitors, is fourth at 6-over-par 582.
 
'We're hoping to be playing with the leaders at the end,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'We play very differently from Vandy and Duke. It is a good lesson for the players to compete with the best.'
 
Individually, sophomore Susie Mathews owns the overall lead at 4-under-par 140 following her second round score of 69. Although Mathews began the day with a bogey on her first hole (the 10th), she played the rest of her round in 4-under-par, including a 2-under par score of 34 on her front nine.
 
'It is excellent to have Susie play well today and show her confidence,' Forsyth continued. 'We look forward to playing tomorrow.'
 
Mayorkas, who carded an uncharacteristic 2-over 74 on Tuesday, found her putting stroke for three back nine birdies and a 3-under-par 69. She played the last six holes in 3-under, leading a UCLA charge that played the final six holes in 6-under-par.
 
Senior Gina Umeck remains at 1-under 143 after finishing with a birdie on her 18th hole. She posted an even par score of 72, despite a double bogey five on the par-3 third (her 12th hole).
 
Freshman Hannah Jun leveled off after Monday's 76, and posted a 73. She survived consecutive bogeys at her 11th and 12th holes after rallying to even par at the 10th. She stands at 5-over 149.
 
Senior Krystal Shearer could only manage one birdie in her second round score of 75. One over par after 10 holes, she double-bogeyed the par-4 second (her 12th) before playing the final seven holes in even par.
 
The Bruins' 13th hole proved to be a turning point in their second round. Unlike Tuesday, when they played the 13th hole in 3-over-par, Wednesday they played the fourth hole (their 13th) in 3-under to ignite their momentum. At even par for the tournament after the third hole (UCLA's 12th), the Bruins collected birdies on the par-5, 445-yard 4th from Umeck, Mayorkas and Mathews.
 
UCLA then played the next five holes in 3-under, while Duke played the same stretch in even par.
 
'You always want the team to do really well,' said Mathews. 'To be in contention, you have to play consistently. We're ready to play a good round of golf tomorrow and the next day.'
 
Day Two Team Leaderboard
1 UCLA -4 0 - 0 E 289 283 - 572
2 Duke -3 0 - 0 E 289 284 - 573
T3 Oklahoma State +6 0 - 0 E 288 - - 288
T3 Vanderbilt +6 0 - 0 E 298 284 - 582
5 Ohio State +10 0 - 0 E 296 - - 296
6 Wake Forest +11 0 - 0 E 298 289 - 587
7 California +15 0 - 0 E 309 282 - 591
8 Southern California +17 0 - 0 E 307 286 - 593
9 Texas +19 0 - 0 E 302 - - 302
T10 New Mexico +20 0 - 0 E 304 292 - 596
T10 Furman University +20 0 - 0 E 302 - - 302
12 Purdue +22 0 - 0 E 307 - - 307
T13 Georgia +23 0 - 0 E 302 297 - 599
T13 Stanford +23 0 - 0 E 303 296 - 599
15 Tennessee +24 0 - 0 E 303 297 - 600
16 Arizona State +25 0 - 0 E 310 291 - 601
T17 Arizona +26 0 - 0 E 302 300 - 602
T17 Florida State Univ. +26 0 - 0 E 301 301 - 602
19 Washington +27 0 - 0 E 305 298 - 603
20 North Carolina, U of +28 0 - 0 E 304 300 - 604
21 Texas A&M University +29 0 - 0 E 306 - - 306
T22 Baylor +31 0 - 0 E 299 308 - 607
T22 UNLV +31 0 - 0 E 308 299 - 607
24 Michigan State +36 0 - 0 E 302 310 - 612

Day Two Individual Leaderboard
1 1 Susie Mathews (10) UCLA -4 02:00 E 71 69 - 140
T2 T2 Sarah Jacobs (10) Vanderbilt -3 01:10 E 72 69 - 141
T2 T2 Allison Hanna (10) Ohio State -3 01:10 E 69 - - 69
T4 T4 Allison Fouch Michigan State -2 08:40 E 70 72 - 142
T4 T4 Sarah Huarte California -2 02:00 E 73 69 - 142
T4 T4 Brittany Lang (10) Duke -2 02:00 E 72 70 - 142
T4 T4 Beth Hermes (10) Purdue -2 09:40 E 71 - - 71