May 7, 2004
NORMAL, Ill. - The Baylor women's golf team rebounded from an opening-round 312 to fire a 297, the lowest total of the tournament by any team and only round below 300 on the day, to shoot up 10 spots to third after round-two action of the NCAA Central Regional hosted by Illinois State Friday at the 6,108-yard, par-71 University Golf Course. Since the top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championship, the Bears now control their own destiny as they seek the program's first berth in the national tournament.
The old clich? "the early bird gets the worm" could not have been more true as Baylor teed off at 9 a.m. from the first tee today after teeing off at 12:30 p.m. from the 10th yesterday. The Bears all played great on the front nine as the five players were a combined 6-over par, but the back nine was more of a challenge as they played it at 14-over.
Sophomore Josefin Svenningsson (Gislaved, Sweden) led the Bears with a remarkable 1-over 72 to move up to a tie for fifth and give her a 36-hole total of 147 (75-72). Svenningsson started off with a birdie on the par-5 second hole and was even after a bogey on the fifth. The All-Big 12 selection then made eight straight pars, finishing with 13 for the round, and rolled in a birdie on 14 to go 1-under. Bogeys on 16 and 17 put Svenningsson back to 1-over.
Sophomore Meredith Jones (Eugene, Ore.) also got off to a great start with a birdie on the par-3 fourth and was even through 10. Jones struggled somewhat on the back nine with bogeys on 11 and 12 and a double-bogey on 13. Jones then rolled in back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 before giving a stroke back on 18 to finish with a 74. Jones is tied for 10th at 151 (77-74).
Freshman Anna Rehnholm (Karlskrona, Sweden) was up-and-down on the front nine with bogeys on one and two, but had back-to-back birdies on five and six. A double bogey on nine put her at 2-over at the turn, but she came back to birdie the 10th. After a bogey on 12, Rehnholm closed her round out with six straight par to finish with a 74. Rehnholm is tied for 18th at 153 (79-74).
Senior Kelli McKandless (Hamilton, Texas) made eight straight pars after a bogey on the second, but ran into trouble on the back nine. McKandless bogeyed 12, 13 and 14 and concluded the round with a double bogey on 18 to finish with a 77. She is tied for 64th at 160 (83-77). Senior Michaelyn Morgan (Austin, Texas) bogeyed three and four, but made five straight pars. Morgan then bogeyed 10, double bogeyed on 12 and bogeyed 13 and 16 to shoot a 78. Morgan is tied for 58th at 159 (81-78).
Michigan State (302-303) and Vanderbilt (298-307) share the lead at 605, just four strokes ahead of Baylor. Southern Cal (300-311=611) is two strokes behind the Bears, while Arizona (299-313=612) rounds out the top five. Arizona's Erica Blasberg hangs on to the individual lead at 141 (68-73), two strokes up on SMU's Laura Cross (72-71=143). Vanderbilt's May Wood is in third at 145 (73-72), one stroke ahead of Purdue's Myrte Eikenaar (73-73=146). Svenningsson is tied with Michigan State's Allison Fouch (73-74=147) and Texas A&M's Kyla Neal (68-79=147), one of the first round co-leaders.
The regional championship concludes Saturday with the Bears teeing off at 12:30 p.m. The top eight teams and two additional individuals advance to the NCAA Championship hosted by Auburn May 18-21 at Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala. Live scoring is available on BaylorBears.com.
Baylor Individual Scores T5. Josefin Svenningsson 75-72=147 T10. Meredith Jones 77-74=151 T18. Anna Rehnholm 79-74=153 T58. Michaelyn Morgan 81-78=159 T64. Kelli McKandless 83-77=160
Team Standings T1. Vanderbilt 298-307=605 T1. Michigan State 302-303=605 3. Baylor 312-297=609 4. Southern Cal 300-311=611 5. Arizona 299-313=612 6. Purdue 305-309=614 T7. New Mexico 298-320=618 T7. SMU 316-302=618 T7. Northwestern 313-305=618 ----------------------------------- 10. Illinois State 313-308=621 11. Texas A&M 305-317=622 12. Missouri 303-323=626 13. TCU 308-319=627 14. Indiana 311-319=630 15. Notre Dame 319-312=631 16. Oklahoma 311-321=632 17. Arkansas 308-325=633 T18. Kansas State 326-311=637 T18. Princeton 320-317=637 20. Tulsa 319-321=640 21. Kent State 325-318=643
Note: A tie for the eighth spot would be determined in a playoff.