May 19, 2004
Midway through the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Opelika, AL, the second-ranked UCLA women's golf team holds a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Duke.
The Bruins blistered the Auburn National Golf Course with a five-under par team score of 283 and lead the Blue Devils by one stroke after 36 holes. UCLA owns a two-round total of 572, four-under par, followed by Duke at 573. Several other teams, including first-round leader Oklahoma State, which began the day at even par, were still on the course and have yet to finish their second round. Fourth-ranked Vanderbilt, playing with just four competitors, is fourth at six-over par 582.
"We're hoping to be playing with the leaders at the end," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "We play very differently from Vandy and Duke. It is a good lesson for the players to compete with the best."
Individually, sophomore Susie Mathews owns the overall lead at four-under par 140 following her second round score of 69. Although Mathews began the day with a bogey on her first hole (the 10th), she played the rest of her round in four-under par, including a two-under par score of 34 on her front nine.
"It is excellent to have Susie play well today and show her confidence," Forsyth continued. "We look forward to playing tomorrow."
Mayorkas, who carded an uncharacteristic two-over 74 on Tuesday, found her putting stroke for three back nine birdies and a three-under par 69. She played the last six holes in three-under, leading a UCLA charge that played the final six holes in six-under par.
Senior Gina Umeck remains at one-under par 143 after finishing with a birdie on her 18th hole. She posted an even par score of 72, despite a double bogey five on the par three third (her 12th hole).
Freshman Hannah Jun leveled off after Monday's 76, and posted a 73. She survived consecutive bogeys at her 11th and 12th holes after rallying to even par at the 10th. She stands at five-over 149.
Senior Krystal Shearer could only manage one birdie in her second round score of 75. One over par after 10 holes, she double-bogeyed the par four second (her 12th) before playing the final seven holes in even par.
The Bruins' 13th hole proved to be a turning point in their second round. Unlike Tuesday, when they played the 13th hole in three-over par, Wednesday they played the fourth hole (their 13th) in three-under par to ignite their momentum. At even par for the tournament after the third hole (UCLA's 12th), the Bruins collected birdies on the par five, 445-yard 4th from Umeck, Mayorkas and Mathews.
UCLA then played the next five holes in three-under par, while Duke played the same stretch in even par.
"You always want the team to do really well," said Mathews. "To be in contention, you have to play consistently. We're ready to play a good round of golf tomorrow and the next day."
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