GLEN COVE, N.Y. - Baylor rising sophomore Maggie Beth Byers recorded a 7-over-par 77 in the second round of the USGA Women's Amateur Championship Tuesday at Nassau Country Club. Byers finished at 16-over 156, which missed the cut of the top 64 players advancing to match play, but she finished ahead of 28 competitors.
Byers began her round on the 10th tee, and she made three pars out of the first four holes, and she made a bogey on the 11th to move to 10-over through 22 holes. A tough stretch with two bogeys and a double bogey on 14-16 dropped her to 14-over, but she rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 17th hole, then made par on No. 18 to take the turn at 4-over for the round.
A double bogey on No. 1 was followed by five consecutive pars, and she made a birdie on the par-4 seventh, followed by a double bogey on No. 8 and a par on No. 9 to close out the round.
Byers improved her score on eight of 18 holes from the first to second round. She recorded the same score in both rounds on six holes, and carded a higher score in the second round on four holes.
Byers' birdie on No. 7 came after she made a bogey on the hole in the first round.
Byers was one of only 10 players out of 155 in the field to make birdie on the par-4 seventh hole, making it the fourth-toughest hole of the round, and she was one of 13 players to make birdie on No. 17, which was the sixth-toughest second round hole.
STAT OF THE DAY
8 - the number of holes in which Byers carded a better score in the second round than in Monday's opening round.
"Maggie Beth was again fantastic from tee to green today," assistant coach Mary Michael Maggio said. "She made some adjustments and her speed on the greens was much better in the second round. There are a lot of positives to take out of competing this week, and she has some specific areas to work on before the season starts."
Baylor opens the 2014-15 season on Sept. 14 at the Charleston Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Charleston, S.C.