By: Sam Knehans, Communications & Sports Information Intern
LINCOLN, Neb. — (Day Two Results: Team | Individual | Third Round Pairings) Top-ranked SCAD Savannah (Ga.) holds a three-stroke lead through 36 holes at the 2014 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships. The 20th annual event is being contested at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb.
The Bees, who qualified as the The Sun Conference Tournament champion, followed up their day one performance by shooting an identical 16-over par 304 (608, 304-304) to overtake defending national champion Oklahoma City. The Stars carded a national championships-low 14-over par 302 on day one to pace the field, but shot a 21-over par 309 to fall to second place on day two (611, 302-309).
Cumberlands (Ky.) (618, 310-308), William Woods (Mo.) (624, 307-317) and Coastal Georgia (625, 308-317) round out the top five after two rounds of play.
After 36 holes, sophomore Daniela Martinez of Northwood (Texas) paces the 144-player field at 2-over par (146, 72-74). Martinez recorded an ace on hole No. 2 as part of an even-par 72 round yesterday and has also accumulated five birdies through two rounds of golf at the national championships.
Senior Elia Folch of Oklahoma City (147, 72-75)—the 2013 national runner-up—and junior Alazne Urizar of SCAD Savannah (147, 76-71)—the NAIA’s No. 1 golfer based on scoring average (73.64)—sit one stroke back of Martinez at 3-over par. Urizar carded a 1-under 71 for the lone under-par round of day two action, moving from a tie for 20th to a tie for second in the process.
Junior Bri LaFoca of Northwood (Fla.), who recorded the only under-par round of day one, sits alone in fourth place at 4-over par (148, 71-77). Three players are tied for fifth at 5-over par.
Cassidy Scantland of Campbellsville (Ky.) is tied for 10th as the low-scoring individual qualifier after 36 holes (152, 73-79).
Third round action kicks off at 7:30 a.m. CDT Thursday with individual qualifiers Paige Moffat of Johnson & Wales (Fla.), Karina Palmberg of Point Park (Pa.) and Clarissa Molina of Missouri Valley teeing off on No. 1, while Rocky Mountain (Mont.), Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and USC Beaufort (S.C.) open on No. 10. William Woods (Mo.), Coastal Georgia and Bellevue (Neb.) begin round three afternoon action at No. 1 at 1:00 p.m. Northwood (Texas), Indiana Tech and Bethel (Ind.) will lead the afternoon competitors off No. 10.
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