Laura Lonardi had her third career round of par or better on Thursday at the NCAA West Regional.
May 9, 2013
Baylor (+11, 295) is just six strokes behind tournament leader Vanderbilt (+5, 289) and three strokes behind fourth place Oregon (+8, 292). Top seed Southern California (+6, 290) is in second place, while Purdue (+7, 291) is one stroke back in third.
"I knew we would need patience and the team would have to understand that you are going to make a few bogeys out there," head coach Jay Goble said. "This course is really good at separating the field, and at the end of the day you will see that the teams that should be near the top are, and that is the sign of a really good tournament golf course."
The top eight teams and two lowest-scoring individuals on non-advancing teams will move on to the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship in Athens, Ga.
"Obviously, you can't win the tournament in the first day, but we put ourselves in a good position to move forward from here," Goble said. "I had in my head that if we shot around 10-over-par today that we'd be OK. The golf course is quite a bit longer than what we've been playing all year, and it plays pretty difficult."
Laura Lonardi, a freshman from Verona, Italy, leads all Baylor players and is tied for eighth place after shooting an even-par 71 to open the tournament. Lonardi is four strokes behind tournament leader Annie Park (-4, 67) of Southern Cal.
"Laura has been working hard all year, and it is really cool that it's paying off for her right now," Goble said. "I think she hit 15 greens today, so I knew she was going to score really well."
Lauren Taylor and Hayley Davis each shot an opening round 2-over-par 73 and share 22nd place. Emma Carberry (+7, 78) is tied for 77th place and Natalia Perez (+10, 81) is tied for 108th place out of 126 players in the field.
The Lady Bears tee off from No. 10 at 1:50 p.m. CT for Friday's second round. Saturday's final round tee times will be determined according to the standings through 36 holes. Live scoring for all three rounds is at www.golfstat.com.
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NCAA WEST REGIONAL STANDINGS THROUGH 18 HOLES
1. Vanderbilt (+5, 289)
2. Southern California (+6, 290)
3. Purdue (+7, 291)
4. Oregon (+8, 292)
5. Baylor (+11, 295)
t6. Georgia (+12, 296)
t6. South Carolina (+12, 296)
8. California (+13, 297)
9. Denver (+15, 299)
t10. Texas A&M (+16, 300)
t10. Arizona (+16, 300)
t12. LSU (+17. 301)
t12. San Jose State (+17. 301)
t12. Stanford (+17, 301)
t12. Ohio State (+17, 301)
16 Kent State (+18, 302)
17. Pepperdine (+19, 303)
t18. Miami (+23, 307)
t18. Northern Arizona (+23, 307)
t20. Harvard (+25, 309)
t20. North Dakota State (+25, 309)
t22. UNLV (+26, 310)
t22. Florida State (+26, 310)
24. Long Island (+38, 322)