May 9, 2003
LINCOLN, Neb. - After the opening round of play at the women's golf NCAA Central Regional was postponed by inclement weather on Friday, play got underway today at the par 71, 6,033-yard Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb. The Bears got off to a slow start but improved slightly in the second round, finishing the day in 17th place.
Baylor carded a first-round of 314 before dropping six strokes in the final round of the day to record a 308. With a two-round total of 622, the Bears are in 17th place with one round remaining. The California Golden Bears have a sizeable lead after turning in two rounds of 292 to finish the day with a team total of 584. The top eight teams in the regional advance to the NCAA Championships. At the conclusion of two rounds, Wisconsin holds the eighth spot with a team total of 609.
Senior Melanie Hagewood is the top Baylor golfer after the first two rounds. She opened play with a 78, which she followed up with a 76 to finish the day tied for 38th with a total score of 154. After carding an opening-round 73, senior Hanna-Sofia Svenningsson slipped to an 84 in the second round. With a two-round total of 157, she is tied for 55th. The other three golfers for the Bears started slow, but improved in the second round. Junior Kelli McKandless opened with an 80, which she followed up with a 78 for a total score of 158. She is tied for 62nd. Freshman Josefin Svenningsson carded an 83 in the first round, but dropped five strokes on her second trip around the course to finish the day tied for 81st with a total score of 161. Junior Michaelyn Morgan had the biggest improvement from one round to the next. After carding an 88 to start the day, she shaved 12 strokes off her total in the second round to turn in a 77. With a two-round score of 164, she is tied for 90th place.
The Bears hope to improve in the third and final round on Saturday in order to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships.