Emma Carberry set 18- and 36-hole personal records with 71 and 145, respectively.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Baylor's women's golf team is in fourth place after Monday's opening round at Colonel Bill Wollenberg's Ptarmigan Ram Classic at Ptarmigan Country Club.
"Emma said last week that she didn't see it coming when she started to win tournaments, but I saw it coming, because she's put in such an effort over the past year," head coach Jay Goble said. "She's been really working her tail off for the last year, and she's just a better player than she was last year. She looks different, she walks different, and her whole demeanor is so much more confident."
The Lady Bears shot 297 in the opening round, which placed them in a tie for third at 9-over-par through 18 holes. Texas Tech and San Jose State shared the lead midway through the day after shooting 1-over 289. Baylor improved to a 6-over 294 in the second round, which put the Lady Bears in fourth place at 15-over heading into Tuesday's final round.
"We have a really young team, and a pretty inexperienced team when it comes to college golf," Goble said. "They're not an inexperienced team when it comes to tournament golf, but I guess there's something different about it because I saw players struggle today that always play well in big-time tournament golf."
Davis, a sophomore All-American, led the way with an ever par 72 in Monday's first round, followed by Carberry's 2-over 74, Kaylin Terry's 3-over 75 and Lauren Taylor's 4-over 76. Annette Lyche, who joined Taylor in making their collegiate debuts, shot a 7-over 79.
In the second round, Carberry turned in the Lady Bears' best round of the day with a 1-under 71, while Davis shot 1-over 73, Taylor added a 2-over 74 and Terry shot 4-over 76. Lyche was two shots better than her opening round with a 5-over 77.
Davis led the way with eight birdies on the day, while Carberry added six birdies across 36 holes. Carberry and Davis finished the day tied for eighth individually at 1-over 145, while Taylor was tied for 23rd at 6-over 150 and Terry ranked tied for 32nd at 7-over 151. Carberry's second round 71 was one of 11 below-par totals out of 180 rounds played during the day.
Texas Tech enters the final day with the lead at 1-under 575, followed by New Mexico in second at 586 and Louisville in third at 589. The Lady Bears are two strokes back of third place and five shots back of second.
Carberry and Davis are eight shots back of the leader, Manon DeRoey of New Mexico (137), but just one stroke back of four players tied for fourth place at 144. Tuesday's final round begins with a 9:30 a.m. CT shotgun start. Carberry and Lyche will begin on the fourth hole, while Taylor starts on the fifth and Terry and Davis tee off on the sixth.
|COLONEL BILL WOLLENBERG'S PTARMIGAN RAM CLASSIC
|7.||San Jose State||289-307=596||+20|
|8.||Long Beach State||304-299=603||+27|
|17.||New Mexico State||320-317=637||+61|