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TULSA WOMEN GOLFERS MOVE INTO FIFTH PLACE

Senior Kristina Merkle shot a one-under par 71 on Monday at the Betsy Rawls Invitational.
Senior Kristina Merkle shot a one-under par 71 on Monday at the Betsy Rawls Invitational.
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Oct. 29, 2012

Austin, Texas - The Tulsa women golfers moved into fifth place with an even-par 288 behind strong rounds from freshman Jessica Lydia and senior Kristina Merkle in second round action on Monday at the 39th Annual Betsy Rawls Invitational. The Hurricane has a 36-hole total of 10-over par 586 at the par-72 University of Texas Golf Club.

Lydia turned in a four-under par 68 today, while Merkle carded a one-under par 71. Shu-Yin Liu had a score of two-over par 74 on Monday and is in seventh place overall with a two-under par total of 142. Lydia has a score of one-over par 145 for 17th place, while Merkle improved 11 strokes from yesterday's score and has a 153 total for 53rd place.

Lydia turned in four birdies today, while shooting par on the other 14 holes for her four-under par 68 score. Merkle also turned in four birdie putts, but bogeyed three holes for her one-under par score of 71.

Karson Bizzell is in 48th place after carding a three-over par 75 for a 152 total, while Antonia Von Wnuck is tied with Merkle for 54th place with nine-over par 153.

Florida, ranked fourth in the country, is tied with 10th-ranked Alabama for the team lead with three-under par scores of 573. Arizona State and Arkansas is tied for third place with an even-par 576, while Tulsa and Texas is in a fifth-place tie at 586.

Florida's Camilla Hedberg and Alabama's Jennifer Kirby are tied for first-place with six-under par scores of 138.

The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday.

Team Results
T1.	Florida 	293-280=573
T1.	Alabama 	284-289=573
3.	Arizona State	290-286=576
4.	Arkansas	288-288=576
T5.	Tulsa	        298-288=586
T5. 	Texas	        297-289=586
7.	Denver	        294-296=590
8.	UNLV	        298-298=596
9. 	Auburn	        299-298=597
10.	Kent State	300-298=598
11. 	Pepperdine	307-295=602
T12.	UCLA	        304-301=605
T12.	New Mexico	313-292=605
14.	TCU	        311-297=608
15.	Illinois	312-317=629

Tulsa Individual Results T7. Shu-Yin Liu 68-74=142 (-2) T17. Jessica Lydia 77-68=145 (+1) T48. Karson Bizzell 77-75=152 (+8) T53. Kristina Merkle 82-71=153 (+9) T53. Antonia Von Wnuck 76-77=153 (+9)

Playing as an Individual 81. Nana Nielsen 90-86=176 (+32)

Top-5 Individuals T1. Camilla Hedberg, Florida 71-67=138 (-6) T1. Jennifer Kirby, Alabama 69-69=138 (-6) 3. Stephanie Meadow, Alabama 69-70=139 (-5) 4. Bertine Strauss, Texas 71-69=140 (-4) T5. Grace Na, Pepperdine 71-70=141 (-3) T5. Gabriela Lopez, Arkansas 72-69=141 (-3)