Tulsa Women Golfers in 11th Place at NCAA West Regional
May 11, 2012
Erie, Colorado - The Tulsa women golfers are in a three-way tie for 11th place after second round action at the NCAA Women's Golf West Regional on Friday. The Hurricane carded a score of 303 for a 36-hole total of 600 at the par-72 Colorado National Golf Club.
The final 18 holes will be played on Saturday with the top-eight teams qualifying for the NCAA Championship Finals. The Hurricane is three strokes out of eighth place and just seven strokes behind fifth place.
Stanford leads the 24-team field with a four-over par 580, followed by LSU (581) in second place, North Carolina (288) and UCLA (290) tied for fourth place, fifth-place Baylor (593), sixth-place Texas Tech (594), seventh-place Pepperdine (596) while California rounds of the top eight teams after the first 36 holes. Tulsa is tied with UC Davis and San Jose State for 11th place.
Tulsa's Kristina Merkle and Marita Engzelius are tied for 22nd place with totals of 148. Merkle turned in the best round of the day for the Hurricane with a one-over par 73, while Engzelius carded a second straight score of 74.
Merkle birdied the par-5 second hole to go one-under par, but a triple bogey on the third hole put her two-over par. Merkle then birdied and bogeyed the next two holes and finished the front nine at two-over par. On the back nine, Merkle played one over with two birdies and one bogey.
North Carolina's Catherine O'Donnell moved into first place with a total of five-under par 139.
The final 18 holes will be played on Saturday. Tulsa will tee-off at 7:30 am (MT).
The top eight teams and two individuals will advance from each the regional to the championship finals. The NCAA Championship Finals will be played May 22-25 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tennessee and will be hosted by Vanderbilt University.
Team Results 1. Stanford 287-293=580 2. LSU 291-290=581 T3. North Carolina 288-298=586 T3. UCLA 290-296=586 5. Baylor 300-293=593 6. Texas Tech 300-294=594 7. Pepperdine 297-299=596 8. California 296-301=597 T9. Illinois 296-302=598 T9. Colorado 297-301=598 T11. Tulsa 297-303=600 T11. UC Davis 305-295=600 T11. San Jose State 302-298=600 14. Oklahoma 305-296=601 15. UNLV 302-301=603 16. Iowa State 302-302=604 17. TCU 302-304=606 18. New Mexico 303-307=610 19. Denver 304-311=615 20. Kennesaw State 309-311=620 21. Missouri State 314-307=621 22. Oregon State 313-318=631 23. No. Colorado 311-324=635 24. Jackson State 348-355=703
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