Struggles on the back nine dropped Tarleton to fifth place and 20 shots out of the lead after round one of four in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships at Houston’s Memorial Park on Monday.
Round two tees off at 7 a.m. today, with the TexAnns all scheduled to start at hole 10 by 8:05 a.m.
The top two TexAnns, Shraddhanjali Singh and Carla Cooper, combined to play the final nine holes in 10 over par Monday. Both are part of a group of seven players tied for 16th on the individual leaderboard with rounds of 76.
Maury Shock was third on the TexAnns’ scorecard and is tied for 34th overall with a round of 40-40=80. Behind her, in a tie for 38th, is Andrea Lowe at 43-38=81.
With four players in the top 10, Nova Southeastern leads Rollins by a stroke on the team leaderboard. NSU, led by Fredrika Hakansson’s 34-36=70, took 292 strokes to sit at +4, while Rollins sits at 293 and +5. Ferris State (296, +8) and Western Washington (304, +16) are also ahead of the TexAnns (313, +25). Grand Valley State (314, +26) is sixth, while Augustana College and Nebraska-Omaha are tied at the bottom (319, +31).
Tied with Hakansson for the players’ lead is Heather Burgner, who is competing as an individual from Florida Southern. Rollins’ Joanna Coe and Ferris State’s Allison Meyer are tied for third after opening at one under par 71. Becky Hoffman, also of FSU, is alone in fifth after an even par 72.
Singh’s troubles came after a brilliant front nine. She bogeyed the par-5 first, but came back strong with birdies at holes four, five and nine. The sophomore from India, who won her second West Region players championship last week, couldn’t keep it together on the back nine.
The home stretch started off uneventful enough with a par at the 10th, but consecutive bogeys at 11 and 12 began the struggles. She bogeyed consecutive holes twice more, first at 14 and 15, and then to finish at 17 and 18. When the scrambling was done, she had dropped from one stroke out of the lead six shots back.
Cooper’s day was almost identical to Singh’s. The sophomore from Arlington bogeyed the first and birdied the eighth to take the turn at even par before three straight bogeys on holes 11-13 sent her backwards. She took a stroke too many again at the 18th to tie her teammate and five others.
A pair of double bogeys sent Lowe on her way to seven over par after the front nine before she finally found her rhythm on the back. Lowe bogeyed at 11 and 15, but responded each time with birdies on the following hole. She was on her way to an even par back nine before running into trouble at 18 and finishing with a double bogey six.
A double bogey at 11 was the only scar on the back nine for Maury Shock before finishing one over on both 17 and 18. This followed bogeys on seven and nine to leave her at eight over.
Melanie Tham’s round of 40-42=82 did not count on the team card for Tarleton.