Oct. 12, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Baylor women's golf fell one spot to 18th place after shooting 17-over-par 305 in Saturday's second round at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational. BU is at 33-over 609 entering Sunday's final round at the UNC Finley Golf Course.
Laura Lonardi and Hayley Davis tied for the Lady Bears' best rounds of the day at 3-over-par 75. Lonardi is tied for 40th place individually at 4-over-par 148 for the tournament. Natalia Perez shot 76 in the second round to move to 11-over 155 through 36 holes, while Maggie Beth Byers shot 79 and Emma Carberry recorded an 80.
Davis knocked four strokes off her opening-round score, and Perez improved by three shots. Lonardi will enter the final round just two strokes back of a group of players tied in 22nd place.
Carberry, Davis and Lonardi all birdied the par-3 fifth hole, accounting for three of the 14 birdies on the hole out of 96 rounds played on Saturday. BU was 3-under on the hole with Byers making par.
Lonardi was also one of 12 players to birdie the par-4 seventh. She leads the team with five birdies through 36 holes.
Through two rounds, Baylor is averaging 3.48 on par-3 holes, 4.32 on par-4 holes and 5.03 on par-5 holes.
Lonardi was 5-over through 12 holes before rebounding with two birdies and four pars over her final six holes in the second round.
Davis was 4-over through her first seven holes on Saturday before finishing with 10 pars and one birdie over the last 11 holes. Her 35 on the back nine tied Carberry and Lonardi for the lowest 9-hole score by a BU player in the tournament.
STAT OF THE DAY
14 - number of birdies made on hole No. 5 by the 96 players on Saturday, three of which were Baylor players (Carberry, Davis and Lonardi).
"It was another tough day," head coach Jay Goble said. "One of the most difficult things about any sport, but especially golf, is that you can work hard every day and not know when you will be rewarded for that hard work. That is our team in a nutshell right now. We are putting in the work and staying positive that our hard work will pay off soon."
Sunday's final round is an 8:15 a.m. CT shotgun start. Byers and Perez will tee off from the 17th hole, Davis and Carberry will begin from No. 16 and Lonardi will start from the 15th tee. Live scoring is available at www.birdiefire.com. Follow @BaylorWGolf on twitter for updates throughout the season.