Women's Golf Opens NCAA East Regional With Round Of 304
May 10, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - After a rocky start, the Wake Forest women's golf team pulled together and opened the NCAA East Regional at Penn State's Blue Course with a round of 16-over 304 and is in 15th place in the 24-team field.
More importantly, the Deacons are just six shots out of the eighth and final qualifying spot with two rounds to go. Wake was 15-over par on the front nine but then played the back nine in just 1-over.
"We came out a little rusty early on," said Wake Forest head coach Dianne Dailey. "I think the three-week lay-off got to us a little. Exams, lack of sleep and the lack of competition caught up to us. But they students played really well on the back nine and got some confidence going for tomorrow."
Freshman Marissa Dodd led the Deacs on Friday with a round of 2-over 74. She birdied both par-5s on the front nine for her only two birdies of the day. Dodd will start the second round in a tie for 24th.
Senior Cheyenne Woods finished one shot behind Dodd with a 3-over 75. Woods got off to a tough start as she was 5-over par through the first six holes. But she would play the final 12 holes at 2-under with birdies at Nos. 15 & 17 to post a 75. She is tied for 39th.
Sophomore Olafia Kristinsdottir and freshman Allison Emrey posted rounds of 77 and 78, respectively on Thursday. Kristinsdottir made a pair of birdies on the back nine after making the turn in 4-over 40. Junior Greta Lange rounded out the Deacons with an 84.
South Carolina got a 2-under par round from Justine Dreher, leading the Gamecocks to an even-par round of 288. That gives USC a 4-shot lead over Alabama and a six-shot lead over Florida. Individually, Texas A&M's Katerina Ruzickova made six birdies and just one bogey in her round of 5-under 67 and she'll take a one-shot lead over Maryland's Juliet Vongphoumy into the second round. In all, just five players broke par on Thursday.
The Deacons will start the second round at 7:30 a.m. EST off the tenth tee and will again be paired with Northwester and Central Florida. Golfstat.com will have live scoring for the final two rounds.