March 29, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's golf team shot a second round 17-over par 305 to stay in eighth place after 36 holes of the Bryan National Collegiate, held on the Players Course at Bryan National Park in Browns Summit, N.C. For the tournament, the Spartans are at 33-over 609.
Senior Sara Brown shot an even-par 72, the second best round scored today, to move from a tie for 31st after yesterday's opening round to a tie for eighth. Brown, at four-over 148 (76-72) for the tournament, carded three birdies and three bogeys for her even-par afternoon.
No. 1 Duke, at 22-over 598, holds a one shot lead over No. 5 Florida (23-over 599) after Saturday's play. The Spartans are only five shots out of third place, occupied by No. 11 Auburn at 28-over 604. No. 39 Furman is fourth at 29-over 605.
Senior Jordyn Wells is currently in a tie for 20th at eight-over 152 (74-78), after a round of six-over 78 today. Wells had trouble early in her round, but bounced back to birdie two of her final five holes to move back up the leaderboard.
Freshman Aimee Neff had the second best score of the afternoon for the Spartans, firing a four-over 76, moving up a handful of spots into a tie for 35th at 10-over par 154. Neff's round included three birdies. Sophomore Laura Kueny, who is tied for 41st, is one stroke behind Neff at 11-over 154, after today's seven-over 79. Rounding out the Spartan performers, freshman Michelle Bowles shot a 12-over 84 to bring her to 18-over 162 for the weekend and tie her for 62nd.
Arkansas' Stacy Lewis, the No. 2 ranked golfer in the country, shot the low round of the afternoon, a three-under 69, to overtake the individual lead at five-under 139. No. 1-ranked Amanda Blumenherst of Duke is tied for second at one-under 143 with College of Charleston's Steffi Kirchmayr.
Tomorrow's final round is set for a 10 a.m. shotgun start.