Tarleton State is the only team with three players in the top 10 on the individual leaderboard after two rounds at the NCAA?Division II West Region Women’s Golf Championship at Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.
The TexAnns shaved three strokes off their day one deficit, but it’s Western Washington, the only school with four players in the top 20, that sits atop the team standings.
The third and final round is this morning, with the winner advancing to the Elite Eight. Tarleton is the defending champion, with the 2007 regional crown standing as the first in school history.
St. Edward’s held the lead for most of the first two rounds, but the Hilltoppers’ four scoring players finished a combined five over par on the final three holes Tuesday, dropping them to fourth behind WWU, Tarleton and St. Martin’s, respectively.
Everyone improved their day one scores. Western Washington dropped from 319 strokes on Monday to 297 on Tuesday. The run was fueled by Kaitlin Parker, who turned a first-round 83 into a two under par second round score of 70.
Tarleton shaved 17 strokes off its opening round score, going from 318 to 301. Shraddhanjali Singh again led the TexAnns, this time with a one over 73. She finished in 76 stokes on Monday for a two-day total of 149. She is fourth individually, only two strokes behind leader Stephanie Bird of Northeastern State (147).
Carla Cooper started her round with a birdie for Tarleton, but bogeyed holes five and six. A double bogey at 11 and a bogey at 13 dropped her to +9 for the tournament before she recovered with a birdie at the par four 16th. She is eight over and tied for sixth.
Andrea Lowe was three over on the front nine Tuesday before three consecutive birdies on holes 10-12 lifted her to even par. She bogeyed 17 to finish +1, and is tied for eighth overall with a two-day score of +9 (153).
Melanie Tham was the other scorer for the TexAnns with a eight over round of 80, putting her at +21 (165) for the tournament.
The fifth TexAnn, Maury Shock, who has not figured into the team scores through two days, was 13 over at 84 on Tuesda.y. She is +26 (170) over all.
St. Martin’s third-place team total is +45 (621). Behind fourth-place St. Edward’s, Northeastern State is fifth at +53 (629) and Western New Mexico is last at +55 (631).