Hibbert’s 75 Leads Women’s Golf on Day Two of NCAA Championship
Angola, Ind., May 9, 2012 – Sophomore Andrea Hibbert fired a three-over 75 to lead Washington University in St. Louis on day two of the 2012 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship at Zollner Golf Course in Angola, Ind.
Washington University bettered its score from day one by one stroke with a 37-over 325 to remain in 13th place in the overall standings. Washington U.’s two-day score of 651 (326-325) is 31 strokes behind No. 1 ranked and 14-time defending national champion Methodist University, who sits in first place at the midway point with a score of 620 (310-310).
Catherine Wagner of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire carded a one-under 71 on day two and holds a two-stroke lead in the individual standings with a score of 149 (78-71). Wagner entered the day six strokes back in 19th place.
“There was definitely some nerves on the first day,” said fourth-year head coach Sean Curtis. “Andi (Hibbert) had a great round today and finished it with a birdie on the final hole. Hannah (Buck) also struck the ball from start to finish.”
Hibbert had 12 pars and birdied the final hole as she recorded the second lowest round in school history at the NCAA Tournament (Olivia Lugar, 74, May 8, 2012). She made the turn with a 38 (+2) after a birdie on No. 12 and a double bogey on No. 15. Hibbert recorded six pars on the final nine and birdied the 345-yard par-four ninth hole to end the day. She sits in a tie for 21st place with a two-day score of 157 (82-75), eight shots off the individual lead.
Junior Hannah Buck followed Hibbert’s lead with a five-over 77 on day two, which included 11 pars and a birdie. Buck, who fired a four-over 81 on the opening day, started off fast on the back nine with a two-over 38. Buck continued her consistent play with a three-over 39 on the front nine, which included a birdie on the 468-yard par five seventh. She is a stroke behind Hibbert with a two-day total of 158 (81-77), and is tied for 26th place.
“Well the pressure if off. Now we can just play our normal games and hopefully move up the leaderboard,” said Buck, a two-time All-American. “It’s only halftime and there are still 36 holes left to play – anything can happen. The course is playing tough, but its nothing we can’t handle.”
Freshman Olivia Lugar started slow on day two after three bogeys and two double bogeys on the opening five holes. Lugar was +8 after five holes, but settled down to play the final 13 holes at four-over par. Lugar ended the day with 12-over 84 (39-45), which included a birdie on the 150-yard par three third hole. She is tied with Buck for 26th place with a score of 158 (74-84).
Sophomore Allyson Chee improved her opening round by three strokes with an 89 (+17) on day two. Chee is in 99th place with a two-total of 181 (92-89). Senior Katie Homa concluded her second round of play with a 91 (+17), and sits in 98th place with a score of 180 (89-91).
“Hopefully we can settle in and play better tomorrow,” Curtis added. “We all have to stay positive and keep playing our game.”
Washington U., who has fired NCAA Championship low rounds on back-to-back rounds, continues play on Thursday with 18 holes. The Bears will tee off at 8:50 p.m. (ET) and are paired with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and St. Mary's (Ind.).