May 23, 2015
BRADENTON, Fla. – For the second day in a row, weather shortened play at the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. Today, the No. 2 Gamecocks did not get their round in, with players finishing anywhere from 11 to 13 holes of the second round before play was halted at The Concession Golf Club on Saturday. Currently, South Carolina is tied for 11th at 40-over and is 20-over in its uncompleted second round.
Yesterday, the second wave of teams saw their second round halted due to weather with as many as eight holes to play. Teams returned to the course earlier this morning to complete their first round and immediately began their second round. The Gamecocks stood in 11th place after all teams completed the first 18 holes of the event after firing 20-over 308 on Friday. Dambaugh’s first-round 70 (-2) was tied for second on the individual leaderboard, two strokes behind leader Mariah Stackhouse of Stanford after the first 18 holes of play.
The Gamecocks started the day on No. 10 and made the turn at 16-over. The team started to gain a little momentum before play was suspended at 7:25 p.m. due to lightning. No. 1 Southern Cal, who is playing with the Gamecocks, is the current leader at 14-over. At 28-over, Baylor owns the lowest completed 36-hole score.
Justine Dreher opened the day with five-straight pars before carding a bogey on No. 15. She got a stroke back on No. 17 with her first birdie of the day. The senior had bogeyed her first two holes after the turn to bring her to 2-over for the round and was on the par-5 No. 3 when play was suspended. After playing 29 holes, Dreher is 6-over for the tournament (T22).
Sophomore Jia Xin Yang carded the first birdie of the day for the Gamecocks on No. 12 to get off to a strong start. Yang went 3-over on her last five holes before the turn, but had posted four-straight pars before play stopped with her on No. 5 at 2-over par. Yang is 9-over for the tournament (T42).
After posting the low round for the Gamecocks yesterday, sophomore Katelyn Dambaugh had a difficult time in her first nine holes of the day, making the turn at 7-over. Like Yang, Dambaugh found her groove after hitting No. 1, posting four-straight pars. She is also on the par-4 No. 5 with her second round scorecard reading 7-over. Currently, Dambaugh is tied for 14th at 5-over par for the week.
Junior Mary Fran Hillow made the turn at 7-over, and will start her day on No. 4 tomorrow. She’s 9-over par for the round in progress and 20-over after just over a round and a half of golf (T109).
Junior Sarah Schmelzel had another rough day on the course, making the turn at 9-over. Schmelzel is 10-over for the round and 23-over (T120) for the tournament after 29 holes.
Tomorrow, the first cut of the event is set to be made, with the 15 low teams after 54 holes advancing to Monday’s round. The top nine individuals not on an advancing team will also move on to the fourth round on Monday, when the individual champion and the eight teams advancing to match play will be determined.
The Gamecocks are set to finish the second round with Southern Cal and UCLA on Sunday morning at 8:25 a.m. The third round will begin tomorrow morning with South Carolina teeing off at a to be determined time. Follow live scoring here.