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May 17, 2013

NCAA GOLF ROUNDUP: NSU improves but drops in standings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Northeastern State women’s golf team sits in eighth place after Thursday’s second round of the 2013 NCAA Division II Championships on the par-72, 6,228-yard Legends Course at LPGA International.

The RiverHawks improved their team score by one stroke from Wednesday’s first round, shooting 317 in the second round, but they slipped two spots to eighth. The team checked in at 59-over-par 635.

No. 1 Nova Southeastern shot 294 today and leads the tournament at 10-over 586. The Sharks are the four-time-defending champions and are the only team in the field who has ever won the national title.

No. 2 Lynn is second at 13-over 589, and No. 6 Barry is third at 20-over 596.

Freshman McCandren Lewis led NSU with a 77 in the second round. She is tied for 49th at 17-over 161.

Senior Whitney McAteer continues to pace the RiverHawks. She shot 80 Thursday and is tied for 30th at 11-over 155. Fellow senior Kelsey Kirkpatrick is tied for 32nd at 12-over 156. Sophomore Alex Koch is tied for 54th at 19-over 163, and freshman Kayla Schroeder is 71st at 49-over 193.

Daniela Ortiz of Nova Southeastern shot 75 today and leads the individual tournament at 2-under. She sits one stroke ahead of three others.

Third-round tee times will be released later.

Northeastern State is making its seventh appearance in the national finals and the first since 2007. The seven appearances are tied for fifth-most in NCAA Division II history and are the most of any team participating at this year’s championships.

The championships consist of both team and individuals competition conducted concurrently. All participants will compete throughout the entire 72 holes of competition. In the team competition, the low four scores for each team will count in each day’s total score.



OSU second

in regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Oklahoma State’s men’s golf team was one of three squads to break par during the first round of action on Thursday at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. The Cowboys posted a 2-under 286 to stand alone in third place at Blessings Golf Club.

 OSU’s score put them a stroke behind Texas for second. Illinois came away as the first-round leader with a 6-under 282 at the par-72, 7,251-yard layout. Illinois also produced the top individual score with Charlie Danielson firing a 65 to lead by two over the field.

Arkansas is fifth at 290. Tulsa is tied for ninth agt 303.

Cowboy freshman Jordan Niebrugge was joined at the No. 2 spot on the individual leaderboard by Kent State’s Corey Conners. The duo fired 5-under 67s. Niebrugge opened with five consecutive pars before carding birdies on three of the final four holes on his outward nine to turn at 3-under 34. After moving to 4-under for the day with a birdie at the par-3 10th, Niebrugge added two more birdies at the 16th and 17th before carding his lone bogey of the day at the 18th.

Ian Davis posted a 72 to finish the day in 11th place, while Kevin Dougherty came in a stroke back with a 73 and tied for 20th. Talor Gooch came in tied for 25th place with an opening 74. Patrick Winther rounded out the starting five with an 81, tying him for 65th place.

Tulsa’s Logan McCracken and Mark Mumford are tied with Gooch with Chris Worrell a stroke back. Matt Mabery (80) and Colton Staggs (81) round out the Hurricane scores.

Arkansas’ Austin Cook, Sebastian Cappelen and Taylor Moore are each tied for 11th individually at 72.

At the completion of the three-day, 54-hole regional tournament, the low five teams and the low individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA championship May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta.

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