LUBBOCK (SMU) – The SMU women’s golf team moved up three spots on day two of the 2005 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Central Regional and now stands tied for 16th. The Mustangs carded a 25-over 313 and hold a two-round total of 623 at the par-72, 6,328-yard Rawls Course.
SMU was forced to battle sustained winds of over 25 miles per hour in the afternoon and was unable to make a bigger charge up the leaderboard.
Lacey Jones improved one shot in round two, shooting a 3-over 75 and is tied for 22nd at 151. Kristina Rothengatter also remained in the top 50, carding a 78 and standing in 49th at 155. SMU’s first-team All-WAC tandem of Jennifer Ackerson and Laura Cross continued to struggle, however, as they shot 79 and 81, respectively, to rank 57th and 85th. Ashley Deatherage again shot 86 and is 103rd at 172.
Four teams are tied atop the leaderboard including Baylor, who improved its 15th-place showing from day one. Texas’ Lisa Ferrero and day one leader Diana Ramage of Auburn switched places and are one and two, respectively, following the second round of play. Ferrero leads Ramage by two strokes and is the only player in the field still under par at one under. Texas Tech’s Megan Hull improved from a 37th-place tie and is tied for third with Arizona State’s Alissa Kuczka and Texas A&M’s Christa Spedding. Eight players are tied in sixth place.
Baylor, whose best individual scorer is tied in 14th place, took advantage of the light winds in the morning round. The Bears shot a second-round best 301, six shots better than Michigan State and Kent State, who are tied in seventh and in 11th places, respectively. Texas A&M, Missouri and Auburn are tied with the Bears in first, while Purdue and Arizona State are in the fifth and sixth spots. Michigan State and first-round leader Texas are tied in seventh. The Longhorns shot a 29-over par 317 on Friday after posting a plus-two team total in the first round. Tulsa and Arkansas round out the top 10. Kent State, LSU, Wake Forest, Texas Tech and Michigan are 11th through 15th, followed by New Mexico and SMU tied in 16th place. TCU, Notre Dame, South Florida and Long Island round out the field.
Saturday’s final round begins at 7:30 p.m. CT.