NCAA golf: Vanderbilt women make a move up the leaderboard

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 8:14pm
Staff reports

Anna Leigh Keith shot an even par 72 for the second consecutive day, and none of Vanderbilt’s five players were more than 4-over Thursday as the Commodores climbed the leaderboard at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.

Vanderbilt ended the second round tied with Virginia for fifth place, seven shots behind the leader, UCLA.

The Commodores were eighth following the opening round but made 11 birdies total in their second crack at the 6,260-yard Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. Their total score, 294, tied them with Texas A&M, which is playing on its home course, for the lowest among the top seven teams.

Keith was 1-under through nine holes but needed a birdie on No. 18 to finish even par. She made eight straight pars before back-to-back bogeys dropped her to 1-over.

The sophomore from Moultrie, Ga., is tied for sixth in the individual standings and is one of nine players in the field of 126 at par or better. She trails LSU’s Austin Ernst by six shots.

Freshman Rene Sobolewski also shot a second-round 72. She was 2-over through four holes but made three birdies in the final 11. Lauren Stratton’s only birdie came on No. 18 and she finished 2-over. Marina Alex and Megan Grehan each finished 4-over. Alex, who shot an opening-round 72, made a double-bogey on 18.

All five VU players are among the top 70 individuals through 36 holes.

MTSU men: Jason Millard and Brett Patterson each shot 72s and Middle Tennessee State was tied for eighth place after the first round of the men’s San Diego regional. The Blue Raiders trailed first-place USC by 11 strokes and fifth-place San Diego by four.

The top five teams will advance to the NCAA men’s championship.

Millard and Patterson are tied for 17th in the individual standings.

Vanderbilt men: Junior Adam Hoffman made 12 birdies and one bogey but shot an opening-round 77 in the first round of the East Regional at Radford, Va. An individual qualifier, he was tied for 44th in the field of 75.

"He played a lot better than his score indicated,” coach Tom Shaw said. “He couldn't make a putt, and he had a bad break or two.”