LINCOLN, Neb. (May 22, 2013) - It was a tough day of play for the 27-team field at the 2013 NAIA Women's Golf National Championship, and despite adding 10 strokes to their opening round totals, No.5 Lubbock Christian University sits in third place through two rounds of play at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course.
LCU had the disadvantage of having the first set of tee times for the day. The temperature was 54 degrees at tee-time with the wind chill in the upper 40s due to a brisk northern wind. Only three of the 15 teams with morning tee times improved their score over Tuesday's opening round. No.6 California State San Marcos was one of the programs able to improve their score from the morning group. They went from six strokes behind LCU to three strokes ahead of LCU by following a 310 with a 305. No.2 Oklahoma City, who teed off in the afternoon, duplicated California State San Marcos' scoring to produce a share of the lead. Overall, 12 of the 27 teams improved their scores Wednesday (9 of the 12 teams had afternoon tee times). LCU entered the day in second place behind Embry-Riddle (Fla.), who followed an opening round 301 with a 334.
The Lady Chaps shot a 314 Wednesday. Combined with their opening round 304, they sit 42-over-par through two rounds with a team score of 618. The Lady Chaps were led in the round by Mariah Montoya, who finished 4-over-par with a 76. She was the only Lady Chaps member without a double bogey on the day. She was just 1-over-par through the first nine holes played. Through two rounds, she has a pair of rounds of 76 for a 152 and sits tied for fifth place. She ranks tied for third amongst the field in par five scoring with a combined 1-under-par on par five holes. Anna Schopp and Shelbye Hill each shot a 79 on the day for LCU. Schopp was able to improve her play on the course's front nine from a 42 in the opening round to a 39 Wednesday. She is 13-over-par through two rounds ranking tied for 26th. Hill was the only Lady Chaps member with at least two birdies. After a pair of rounds, Hill sits in a share of 12th place and 10-over-par. Sinae Montoya entered the day tied for second place (Hill was one of the players tied for second), but slipped to a share of 17th after carding an 80 (+8) in the second round to move to 11-over-par in the tournament. Sinae and Hill are each tied for fourth in the tournament with 24 pars each. Kelsey Garcia finished with an 89 (+17) on the afternoon and falls into a tie for 108th place with a 29-over-par.
Oklahoma City's Jessica Shiele tied a championship single-round record with a 68 and sits 1-under-par through two rounds to lead the event. She was 4-under-par Wednesday on the 5,978-yard par-72 layout.
The tournament continues Thursday with LCU teeing off at 1:45 p.m. grouped with CSSM and OCU. The field will be cut down to 17 teams following Thursday's play.