Baylor (+8; 298-294=592) shot a 6-over 298 in the opening round, placing it in a three-way tie for sixth, but the Lady Bears bounced back with the lowest second-round score in the 17-team field, a 2-over 294. BU trails UNLV (+4), Ohio State (+6) and Iowa State (+7) entering Tuesday's final round that begins with a 9 a.m. CT shotgun start.
"The second round got pretty windy, and I think the wind really psyched a lot of people out this afternoon," head coach Jay Goble said. "Our girls played a lot better in the afternoon, so it was a lot of fun to watch."
Sophomore Hayley Davis (-2; 73-71=144) posted Baylor's lowest score in each round and is tied for fourth individually, four shots back of the leader, Colorado's Jennifer Coleman (-6).
"Hayley finished second here last year, and I think she feels really comfortable on the golf course," Goble said. "When the weather gets a little tougher, she's used to it because she's from England. When the conditions get more difficult, she feels like that gives her an advantage because she can control the flight of her ball. When she goes out and shoots 2-under, it gives the rest of the team confidence."
Emma Carberry (+2; 76-72=148) rallied back from a 3-over opening round and a rough start on the first three holes in the afternoon to shoot 1-under in the second round, placing her in a tie for 17th individually.
"Emma was awesome this afternoon," Goble said. "She bogied the last two holes in the first round and started off her second round 3-over through four holes, but she ended up shooting 1-under for the day. For her to go through that slump in the middle of the day, and to come back this afternoon when the conditions were much more difficult, it really shows how strong she is mentally."
Annette Lyche (+4; 74-76=150), Lauren Taylor (+5; 76-75=151) and Kaylin Terry (+8; 75-79=154) rounded of the scoring for the Lady Bears. Freshman Natalia Perez (+14; 76-84=160) is playing as an individual in her first collegiate tournament.
The Lady Bears are looking to repeat as champions of the Dick McGuire Invitational after winning the 2011 event. Live stats are available through www.GolfStat.com.
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|UNM DICK MCGUIRE INVITATIONAL (6,187 Yards, Par 73)
|13.||San Diego State||304-305=609||+25|
|t75.||Natalia Perez (individual)||76-84=160||+14|