BRADENTON, Fla. – Baylor women's golf is the leader in the clubhouse and is in fourth place overall after Saturday's second round at the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship. BU shot 19-over 307 in the second round, which ranked fourth among the 12 teams to complete their second rounds before play was suspended due to lightning at The Concession Golf Club.
Baylor trails only No. 1 Southern California (+14 with 61 of 90 holes completed in second round), No. 4 Duke (+23 with 83 of 90 holes completed in second round) and No. 12 Tennessee (+27 with 71 of 90 holes completed in second round). The top 15 teams following Sunday's third round will advance to a fourth round of stroke play on Monday, and the top eight teams following Monday's round will advance to match play to determine the national champion.
Dylan Kim shot 4-over 76 in Saturday's second round and is tied for 14th at 5-over through 36 holes. Laura Lonardi is tied with Kim after shooting 5-over in the second round, and Hayley Davis carded a team-best 1-over 73 in the second round to jump 28 spots into a tie for 22nd place at 6-over 150. Giovana Maymon is tied for 64th at 12-over 156, and Lauren Whyte is tied for 115th at 22-over 166.
· Baylor ranks fourth in par-3 scoring average at 3.20, fourth in par-5 scoring average at 5.00 and 10th in par-4 scoring average at 4.42. BU and tournament-leader Southern California are the only schools in the 24-team field to rank in the top 10 in all three categories.
· Baylor's 23 birdies made are tied for second-most in the field, one back of Southern California. Davis leads the team with eight, followed by Lonardi with six, Maymon with four, Kim with three and Whyte with two.
· Baylor is eighth in the field with 96 pars made.
· Kim is tied for the tournament lead with 25 pars.
· Davis is tied for second in the field with eight birdies, while Lonardi is tied for eighth with six birdies.
· Whyte and Lonardi are tied for 13th in par-3 scoring average at 3.13.
STAT OF THE DAY
2 – the number of teams to rank in the top 10 in par-3, par-4 and par-5 scoring average – Baylor and Southern California.
"It's a fight out there, because the golf course is really difficult,” head coach Jay Goble said. “The conditions are fine, it's just really hot. Not only do you have to be well-rested and prepared, but the golf course is also really challenging. Our team did a really good job of staying in the present, staying patient and hitting every shot with conviction. You can hit a great shot out there and it can end up in a really difficult place. They did a really good job of just rolling with it, accepting the shot that they hit and going up to hit the next one, and that's really what you have to do out there. There are a lot of other things distracting people on this golf course besides just the golf – it's hot, it's the national championship, it means so much to so many people out there, but you really just have to forget about all the other stuff and play your game, and I think they did a great job of that.”
Baylor will begin the third round from the first tee with Whyte up first at 8:30 a.m. CT. She'll be followed in 10-minute intervals by Maymon, Davis, Lonardi and Kim, respectively. Nine teams will be cut following the third round, and the remaining 15 teams and nine lowest-scoring individuals on non-advancing teams will continue for one more round of stroke play on Monday. The top eight teams will advance to Tuesday's match play quarterfinals.
RESULTS THROUGH SATURDAY
Team (score) – holes completed in second round
1. Southern California (+14) - 61 of 90
2. Duke (+23) – 83 of 90
3. Tennessee (+27) – 71 of 90
4. Baylor (+28) – F
T5. Purdue (+33) – F
T5. UC Davis (+33) – F
7. Arizona (+34) – 84 of 90
8. Northwestern (+35) – F
9. Texas Tech (+37) – F
10. Washington (+39) – 86 of 90
T11. South Carolina (+40) – 60 of 90
T11. Stanford (+40) – F
T13. Arkansas (+41) – 86 of 90
T13. Texas A&M (+41) – 86 of 90
T13. Alabama (+41) – F
16. UCLA (+42) – 60 of 90
17. Virginia (+44) – 71 of 90
18. Wake Forest (+46) – 71 of 90
19. Tulane (+47) – F
20. LSU (+49) – 83 of 90
21. Campbell (+50) – F
22. UNLV (+53) – F
23. North Carolina State (+64) – F
24. California (+65) – F