Feb. 10, 2014
PALOS VERDES, Calif. - The Baylor women's golf team is in fourth place after shooting 15-over-par 299 in Monday's second round at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge. The Lady Bears trail only the nation's three highest-ranks teams in a 16-team field that includes 12 teams ranked in the nation's top 20.
Baylor sits at 17-over 585 through 36 holes, and the Lady Bears are only one stroke behind No. 3 Duke (584), four strokes behind No. 2 UCLA (581) and 17 strokes behind the tournament leader, No. 1 UCLA (567).
Hayley Davis shot 1-under 70 in Monday's second round and is tied for fifth place individually, one stroke back of fourth place, two strokes back of second and seven strokes off the lead. Hadas Libman shot even-par 71 for a second straight day, and she's tied for sixth individually, one stroke behind Davis. Libman and Davis are two of just five golfers in the 88-player field to shoot par or better in each of the first two rounds.
Louise Gateau-Chovelon and Natalia Perez both shot 8-over 79 in the second round. Gateau-Chovelon is in a tie for 24th place at 5-over-par, while Perez is 13-over and tied for 63rd place. Laura Lonardi shot 9-over 80 and is tied for 77th place at 16-over for the tournament.
Davis is only two strokes back of a pair of players in second place. She played the back nine at 2-under-par, including a birdie on No. 18 to get her under par heading to the final round.
Davis and Libman are among five golfers in the 88-player field who shot even-par or better in each of the first two rounds
The Lady Bears had 12 birdies in Monday's second round, which gives them 29 birdies through the first 36 holes of the tournament. Davis and Libman had four birdies each, while Lonardi and Perez each had a pair of birdies.
As a team, Baylor was 2-under on three holes: No. 6, No.12 and No. 16.
STAT OF THE DAY
8 - The number of birdies between Davis and Libman, Baylor's top two players in the tournament who shot 1-under 70 and even-par 71, respectively, in Monday's second round.
"I am very proud of the fight in this group," head coach Jay Goble said. "We were paired with the home team, who happens to be the number one team in the country, and the number two team in the country. That is a great accomplishment, and to compare our game to theirs is an invaluable experience this early in the year for our young team. Hayley Davis is playing well and showed tremendous fight in the windy conditions today. I believe this is the start of a good semester for her. Hadas Libman has played spectacularly this week - for a freshman to come out here on a golf course where you need experience and shoot two 71s is awesome. I'm very proud of her."
Tuesday's final round is scheduled for a 10 a.m. CT shotgun start. Davis will begin on the first tee, Libman on No. 2, Gateau-Chovelon on No. 3, Perez on No. 4 and Lonardi on No. 5. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorWGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season