Destin, Fla., October 14, 2013 – The No. 5 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team shot a 294 and inched closer to first-place Methodist University on day two of the Golfweek Division III Fall Preview at Baytowne Golf Club in Destin, Fla.
No. 2 ranked Methodist has an eight-shot lead heading into Tuesday's final round with a two-day score of 600 (296-304). Washington U., who was 18 shots back of Methodist after an opening round 314, made up 10 strokes with the 294 on day two and has a score of 608. The 294 by Washington U. is a tournament low, and the second-lowest round in school history.
Washington U. moved head of No. 22 ranked Trinity University (Texas), who dropped to third and is 14 strokes back with a 622 (309-313). No. 3 University of Texas-Tyler is fourth with a 625 (320-305) and No. 23 Rhodes College is fifth with a 629 (319-310). No. 1 ranked and defending national champion University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is sixth with a 632 (317-315).
"We're really pleased with our play today, but we have one more round yet to go," said sixth-year head coach Sean Curtis. "We had solid play from everyone. We talked about staying relaxed and each player sticking to their game. We also talked about finishing strong and making sure we get our putts to the hole to give them a chance to go in."
Junior Olivia Lugar (75-73, 148) and sophomore Connie Zhou (76-72, 148) are in a three-way tie for second in the individual standings, and one shot back of Loretta Giovannettone of Methodist (72-75, 147). Giovannettone entered tournament play as the No. 1 ranked player in NCAA Division III.
Freshman Xin Fang moved in to the top-10 with a 71 on day two, and sits four strokes back in seventh place with a 151 (80-71). Fang's 71 is a career-best, tournament low, and the third best score in school history.
"I started off strong today and had a stretch of bogeys in the middle, but I'm happy with how I played overall," Zhou said. "I was aggressive with my putting and it paid off. It was awesome seeing the team improve by 20 strokes."
T2. Olivia Lugar – 148 (75-73)
T2. Connie Zhou – 148 (76-72)
T7. Xin Fang – 151 (80-71)
T36. Andrea Hibbert – 161 (83-78)
T64. Samantha Han – 170 (88-82)
The final round of the Golfweek Division III Fall Preview will conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m.