May 23, 2014
TULSA, Okla. - Baylor's Hayley Davis finished tied for 10th place at the NCAA Women's Golf Championship after shooting a final round of 5-under-par 65 on Friday at Tulsa Country Club. Davis finished the four-day tournament at 3-over 283, and she rebounded to climb 81 spots on the leaderboard after being in 91st place following the first round.
Davis tied Baylor's school record for lowest round at any tournament, equaling the 65 shot by Jaclyn Jansen and Lene Hafsten-Morch at the 2010 Price's "Give `Em Five" Intercollegiate. Davis also beat her own school record for lowest round in the NCAA Tournament, which she set with a 67 at the 2014 NCAA East Regional. Combined with the 68 she shot at the NCAA Championships third round, Davis now has the three lowest NCAA Tournament rounds in program history. Her four-round total of 283 was nine strokes better than the previous school record at the NCAA Championships, which was held by Josefin Svenningsson with a 292 in 2004.
Davis teed off from the first hole on Friday, where she made par, and then a birdie at No. 2 put her 1-under. After four more pars she had a birdie on No. 7 and two more pars to take the turn at 2-under. Davis had three more pars to begin the back nine and a birdie on No. 13 to put her at 3-under. Birdies on No. 15 and No. 16 put her at 5-under, and she finished the round with pars on the eighth and ninth holes.
Davis' 65 tied the lowest score by any player out of 504 rounds played at the NCAA Championships. Southern California's Sophia Popov and Tulane's Emily Penttila also had rounds of 65.
Davis' 10th-place finish was the best ever by a Baylor player at the NCAA Championships, surpassing Jaclyn Jansen's tie for 14th in 2012.
Davis made a huge climb up the leaderboard after being tied for 91st following a first-round 79. She jumped 33 spots to a tie for 58th after a second-round 71, then jumped 31 spots to a tie for 27th with a third-round 68 and 17 more spots to finish tied for 10th after a final-round 65.
Davis had five birdies in the fourth round, the most she had in any round at the tournament. She had 12 birdies and an eagle in four rounds at the NCAA Championships.
Davis set a new Baylor record for the lowest score in an NCAA Championship round on Thursday with her 2-under 68, but broke that record on Friday with her 5-under 65. Jaclyn Jansen had previously set the record in 2012 with her score of 70 in the final round of the NCAA Championships.
Davis had a birdie on No. 7 in each round of the tournament except the third round, when she made par.
Davis shot consecutive rounds below 70 for the first time last season's Rebel Intercollegiate.
STAT OF THE DAY
21 - The amount of strokes Davis improved her overall score this year compared to her score when she played in the 2012 NCAA Championships, which resulted in a tie for 77th place (74+78+79+79=304).
"Hayley hit as solid as I have ever seen her," head coach Jay Goble said. "She honestly did not even come close to making a bogey today."
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