Vanderbilt gains ground in second round of NCAA women's golf championship

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:47pm
Staff reports

Only two of its five players made any bogeys on the back nine Wednesday as Vanderbilt moved into a tie for eighth after the second round of the NCAA women’s golf championship.

The Commodores started the day tied for 12th but their 292 (4-over) matched UCLA for the fifth-best round of the day and moved them into a tie with Florida State, which did not complete the round due to weather. Their second round began on the 10th hole, and four of their five players shot better on their final nine holes than they did on their initial nine.

“They just hung in there on a tough day,” assistant coach Nicki Cutler said. “… It’s definitely big that we had one of the best rounds of the day, and I think we’re in good position to make a good move on Thursday.”

Senior Brooke Goodwin finished with three straight birdies on Nos. 7-9 and had a team-best 71 (1-under) for the round. Goodwin made three birdies in the first six holes but none the rest of the way.

Marina Alex made eight straight pars before she finished with a birdie on No. 9. She was even par for the day and matched Goodwin at 3-over halfway through the tournament.

Goodwin and Alex are part of a group of 17 players tied for 29th in the individual standings.

Lauren Stratton finished her round (74, 2-over) with nine straight pars. Megan Grehan rounded out the scoring with a 75, which included two bogeys on the last three holes. Anna Leigh Keith, VU’s top player in Round One, struggled to an 81 (9-over) and did not make a birdie.