Maria Elena Villamil
April 23, 2013
GULF SHORES, Ala. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs held steady in fourth place after the second round of the Conference USA Championships at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.
Three Mustangs - Felicia Espericueta, Maria Elena Villamil and Jennifer Park - are all tied for 12th and are just four strokes out of the top five. The team believes it can improve and have a strong finish and move up the leaderboard tomorrow.
"We aren't doing anything really poorly, we're just not getting the ball in the hole," Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "Our ball striking is as good as anyone's, but our wedges and putters have been letting us down. Tulane is going to be tough to catch, but you never know in championships."
Tulane leads the tournament, followed by East Carolina and UCF. SMU is in fourth and Tulsa rounds out the top five.
The first groups in Wednesday's final round will tee off at 7:45 a.m. CDT. SMU, Tulsa and UTEP will start on hole No. 1, with Tulane, East Carolina and UCF following off the No. 1 tee at 8:35 a.m. Memphis, Southern Miss and Old Dominion will begin on No. 10 at 7:45 a.m., while UAB and Marshall will go off No. 10 at 8:35 a.m.
The winner of the C-USA Championship will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals.
Team Leaderboard (Day Two)
1. Tulane - 291-295 (+10)
2. East Carolina - 293-305 (+22)
3. UCF - 301-301 (+26)
4. SMU - 302-305 (+31)
5. Tulsa - 304-310 (+38)
6. UTEP - 310-310 (+44)
7. Memphis - 304-317 (+45)
t8. Southern Miss - 309-313 (+46)
t8. Old Dominion - 305-317 (+46)
10. UAB - 329-324 (+77)
11. Marshall - 335-334 (+93)