Hannah Buck and Connie Zhou Lead Bears on Day Two of NCAA Championship
Destin, Fla., May 15, 2013 – Led by freshman Connie Zhou’s three-over 75, the Washington University in St. Louis women’s golf team fired a 318 on day two of the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship held at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
Washington University’s score of 318 on day two was 30-over par on the par-72, 5,831-yard course, and a school-record low in the NCAA Championship. Through 36 holes of play, the Bears are in 10th place out of 21 teams with a two-day total of 651.
“We were able to get around without as many penalty strokes today and we had some really great rounds from Hannah and Connie,” said fifth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “We’re excited to get out there again tomorrow and try to keep the momentum going. We always try to play a little better each day, so everyone will be trying their best to put up another good number.”
After holding a lead after day one in the team standings, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (306-311, 617) fell into a tie for the top spot with the University of Texas-Tyler (309-308, 617). Texas-Tyler’s Laura Lindsey continues to hold the individual lead after firing back-to-back even par rounds (72-72, 144).
After a career-high round of 88 on Tuesday, Zhou went back to the basics on day two. She had five pars and four bogeys during a four-over 40 on the back. Zhou tore apart the front nine of the course with birdies at No. 5 and No. 9 en route to minus-one 35. Zhou moved into a tie for 40th place with a 36-hole score of 163 (88-75).
“I was definitely ready to come back today and make up for yesterday's round. I knew that there was nothing wrong with my swing or my short game, but what I needed to work on was my mindset,” said Zhou. “Today I had a similar start as yesterday, but I stayed patient. When I'm nervous I tend to slow down my swing, but what I need to do is swing hard and trust my fundamentals.”
Senior Hannah Buck was just as consistent as Zhou on day two, finishing the 18-hole course with 13 pars and five bogeys en route to a five-over 77. Buck, the only three-time All-American in Washington U. school history, fired a 38 on the back a 39 on the front nine. She sits in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings with a 159 (82-77).
Sophomore Olivia Lugar is tied with Buck for 20th place in the individual standings after a 79 on day one and an 80 on day two. She struggled with an opening nine 42 after a double bogey on 18, but rebounded with a two-over 38 on the front nine. Lugar, the 2012 Division III National Player of the Year, had her lone birdie of the day at the par-3, 140-yard No. 3.
Junior Andrea Hibbert and senior Melanie Walsh continued to struggle in their third NCAA Championship appearance. Hibbert sits in a tie for 61st place with a 170 (84-86), while Walsh is tied for 87th place with a two-day total of 179 (91-88).
Washington University continues play Thursday with 18 holes beginning at 8:20 a.m. Washington U. is paired up with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College and St. Olaf College.