LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 16 Lewis-Clark State College women’s golf team made a four-stroke improvement on the second day of the 2013 NAIA National Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club, and head into the final half of play in 18th place.
The top 17 teams after Thursday’s third round will advance to Friday’s championship round, and the Warriors made up some ground after placing 20th after the first round. They now find themselves just three strokes behind 17th place Bethel (Ind.) entering Thursday’s competition.
Senior Idah Whisenant posted the Warriors’ lowest score on Wednesday, shooting an 80 on the par-72, 5,978-yard course. Whisenant shot 85 on Tuesday and her two-round total of 165 places her tied for 72nd among the 142 golfers in the field.
Heather Bruce still has the Warriors’ low two-round total for the tournament, carding an 83 Wednesday to add to her 80 on Tuesday for a 163. She is tied for 64th in the individual standings.
Brooke Dagner shot 81 on Wednesday, giving her a two-round total of 164, and is tied for 68th.
Karina Davila (168, T-91st) and Kelsey Haycock (178, T-121st) round out the Day 2 individual scoring for the Warriors.
“We still haven’t played really well, but we’re four strokes better than yesterday,” Warrior assistant coach Cliff Carrick said. “We were one of just a few teams that played better today, so hopefully we’re closing the gap a little bit.”
Carrick said the rough at Wilderness Ridge is particularly unforgiving.
“If you don’t keep it in the fairway, you’re looking at pretty much a guaranteed bogey,” he said. “It’s also been tough for us to read the greens, so we’ve had some three-putts. Those two things have been tough for us. That’s what we saw with Idah today. She controlled her ball a lot better and she’s a fairly good putter.”
With milder weather in Thursday’s forecast and the Warriors improving, hopes are high for the team to advance to the championship round.
The Warriors will tee off between 7:57 and 8:33 local time on Thursday morning, but will have to wait until all the golfers finish their rounds in the evening to see if they’ve made the cut. Live scoring is available here.