Junior Meredith Jones fired a 73 to help propel the Bears to a share of the lead at the NCAA Central Regional Friday.
May 6, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Baylor women's golf team fired the lowest round of the day, six strokes lower than any other school, posting a 301 to shoot up 14 places into a tie for the lead on day two of the NCAA Central Regional Friday hosted by Texas Tech at the 6,328-yard, par-72 Rawls Course.
Junior Meredith Jones (Eugene, Ore.) led the way for the Bears playing the four par 5s at 3-under par and firing a 73 and is currently tied for 22nd at 151. Jones sandwiched a birdie on two between bogeys at one and three, but birdied eight to stand even-par after nine. Jones started the back nine with a bogey on 10 and another on 14, but finished with a birdie on 18 to finish 1-over.
Junior Sherry Summers (Montgomery, Texas) saved the best round of her career for when it counted, tying her career-low with a 74 and moving into a tie for 35th at 153. Summers carded par or better on the first nine holes and a birdie on six put her 1-under on the front nine. She double bogeyed 10, the only double bogey by the Bears on the day, but rebounded to birdie 12 to get back to even-par. Summers took bogeys on 13 and 15 to finish 2-over.
Freshman Sian Reddick (Folkestone, England) is still the highest standing Bear, shooting a 77 to tie for 14th at 150. Reddick bogeyed two and had five straight bogeys on seven through 11 before ending the streak with a birdie on 12. Reddick used the momentum to finish the round with six straight pars.
Junior Josefin Svenningsson (Gislaved, Sweden) is tied with Jones for 22nd at 151 after a 77. Svenningsson was lights out from the start with nine straight pars, but she ran into trouble on the back by carding five bogeys, including three straight on 14-16.
Sophomore Anna Rehnholm (Karlskrona, Sweden) matched her first-round 77 and is tied for 42nd at 154. Rehnholm started with a bogey on one and another on five before parring the next eight holes. She then bogeyed 14, 15 and 18 to finish 5-over.
As good as the Bears were on holes one through nine Thursday (8-over), they were even better Friday. The team played the front nine at 5-over par collectively, including Summers at 1-under and Jones and Svenningsson at even-par.
Baylor is tied with Missouri, Texas A&M and Auburn with a 36-hole total of 603 (27-over par), while Purdue is one stroke back. Texas' Lisa Ferrero leads the individual competition at 1-under par 143, while Auburn's Diana Ramage is two-strokes back at 145. Three others are tied for third at 148.
Due to their place in the standings, the Bears will play in the first group along with Missouri and Texas A&M and will tee off at 7:40 a.m. in Saturday's third and final round. The top eight teams and two individuals advance to the NCAA Championships May 17-20 at Sunriver Resort in Corvallis, Ore.
T1. Baylor 302-301=603 T14. Sian Reddick 73-77=150 T22. Josefin Svenningsson 74-77=151 T22. Meredith Jones 78-73=151 T35. Sherry Summers 79-74=153 T42. Anna Rehnholm 77-77=154
Team Standings T1. Baylor 302-301=603 T1. Missouri 291-312=603 T1. Texas A&M 293-310=603 T1. Auburn 294-309=603 5. Purdue 295-309=604 6. Arizona State 296-310=606 T7. Michigan State 300-307=607 T7. Texas 290-317=607 9. Tulsa 298-310=608 10. Arkansas 300-311=611 11. Kent State 305-307=612 12. LSU 298-316=614 13. Wake Forest 302-315=617 14. Texas Tech 301-318=619 15. Michigan 301-320=621 T16. New Mexico 291-332=623 T16. SMU 310-313=623 18. TCU 299-328=627 19. Notre Dame 306-323=629 20. South Florida 314-317=631 21. Long Island 349-343=692