Oct. 16, 2007
LAS CRUISES, N.M. - Freshman Lene Haften-Morch shot even-par for the second consecutive round, jumping into first place on the individual leader board at the Price's Give Em Five Intercollegiate in Las Cruises, N.M. Haftsen-Morch's steady play also moved the Baylor women's golf team up two spots in the standings, sitting in a sixth-place tie with just 18 holes left to play.
Following first-round action, Hafsten-Morch (Billingstad, Norway) trailed the individual leader by three strokes, but a second-round 72 leaves her as the tournament's only even-par participant and atop the leaderboard.
With a more level approach to round two, Hafsten-Morch shot a 36 going out and coming in, compared to a 39 on the front nine and a 33 on the back nine in her first round.
"I am extremely pleased with the way that Lene has been striking the ball," said head coach Sylvia Ferdon. "I was initially concerned about the long layoff between events, but Lene has come out strong and is controlling the ball very well in both her long and short game. She's a little nervous being that she's so young and seeing her name at the top of the leaderboard, but we want that because it teaches her how to play under pressure and win."
Sophomore Hannah Burke (Hertfordshire, England) and freshman Morgan Chambers (Purcell, Okla.) also made upward moves on the individual leaderboard.
Burke took one stroke off of her first round 77, carding a 76 during the second round to move up into a 28th-place tie. Her second round 4-over-par advanced Burke seven spots in the standings through the first 36 holes of the event.
Chambers made the biggest leap of the day for Baylor, moving up 20 spots after recording a second round 75, four strokes less than her opening 18. Through the first 36 holes of the 54-hole event, Chambers now sits in a 34th-place tie with six other participants.
While three of Baylor's five golfers subtracted stokes in their second go-around at the New Mexico State Golf Club, sophomore Natalie Hocott (San Antonio, Texas) and senior Sian Reddick (Folkestone, England) made moves in the opposite direction.
After opening rounds of 78 and 77, respectively, Hocott and Reddick dropped in the standings with second rounds of 81 and 83. Hocott currently finds herself in a 59th-place tie while Reddick is tied for 65th place.
Baylor, currently in a sixth-place tie through 36 holes, has a two-day total of 608 (+32) after recording consecutive rounds of 304. The Bears currently trail North Carolina State for the lead by just six strokes.
"We're still in this tournament," Ferdon said. "Our team is playing very steady as a whole right now and if each one of our girls can go back out tomorrow and take a stroke or two off of their round today then we're going to be right there in the finish. We were let down a little bit today having to take an 81 in our team score, but we know all our girls can shoot low and we just need them to do it."
Final round action from the New Mexico State Golf Club in Las Cruises, N.M., gets underway at 9:00 a.m. CT on Wednesday. Check back at BaylorBears.com for final results and a complete wrap up from the event.
INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS: 1. Lene Hafsten-Morch (72-72=144); T-28. Hannah Burke (77-76=153); T-34. Morgan Chambers (79-75=154); T-59. Natalie Hocott (78-81=159); T-65. Sian Reddick (77-83=160)
TEAM STANDINGS: 1. North Carolina State (303-299=602); T-2. Idaho (302-301=603). T-2. Michigan (302-301=603); 4. Kansas (302-302=604); 5. Oklahoma (300-305=605); T-6. BAYLOR (304-304=608); T-6. Missouri (298-310=608); T-6. UC-Davis (300-308=608)