NORMAL, Ill.--- Following a windy day at the par-71, 6,108-yard University Golf Course in Normal, Ill., the top-seeded Vanderbilt womens golf squad finds itself in the same position as yesterday by remaining in a tie for first place at the NCAA Central Regional. The Commodores are currently deadlocked with Michigan State at 605 (+37) after todays round of 23-over par 307.
The Black and Golds May Wood sits in third place just four shots off the individual lead at +3 (145), while teammate Courtney Wood follows closely behind in eighth at +6 (148). Arizonas Erica Blasberg is the individual leader at 1-under par 141.
The wind was blowing very hard today and in the opposite direction than it was blowing in yesterday, said Vanderbilt head coach Martha Freitag. The conditions made the course play much differently than it did on Thursday. We had three very good individual rounds today and are still very much in contention for the title. I expect much better rounds from Sarah (Jacobs) and Chris (Brady) tomorrow. Overall, I like our position and look forward to having our best round of the season on Saturday.
The top eight teams and two individuals not associated with one of the top eight squads, following Saturdays final round action, advance to the NCAA Championships at Auburn, Ala., May 18-21.
Starting her round on the back nine, sophomore May Wood (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), the Southeastern Conferences Co-Player of the Year, opened her day with four consecutive bogeys at Nos. 10, 11, 12 and 13, before settling down and carding four birdies in the next seven holes to reach even par for the day. A bogey at the 5th a birdie at the 6th and a final hole bogey at the 9th sent Wood to the clubhouse at 3 over par for the tournament following a second round 1-over 72.
I was really proud of May, said Freitag. She played very good golf and showed a lot of mental toughness and emotional maturity to not get rattled by the tough start to her round.
Brentwood, Tenn., senior Courtney Wood (began at hole 10th) opened her round by going out in a steady even-par 35. However, the front nine would prove challenging as her day took a more up-and-down turn with three birdies and four bogeys to complete the 1-over par 72.
Freshman Kristen Svicarovich (Hillsboro, Ore.) shot a 78, while senior Sarah Jacobs (Whites Creek, Tenn.) and freshman Chris Brady (Cary, N.C.) both carded 85s to round out the Commodore squad.