May 21, 2017
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|1. Ainhoa Olarra
Round 1: 76 (+4)
Round 2: 70 (-2)
To Par: +2
|2. Ana Pelaez
Round 1: 75 (+3)
Round 2: 76 (+4)
To Par: +7
|3. Katelyn Dambaugh
Round 1: 80 (+8)
Round 2: 78 (+6)
To Par: +14
|4. Marion Veysseyre
Round 1: 82 (+10)
Round 2: 83 (+11)
To Par: +21
|5. Anita Uwadia
Round 1: 94 (+22)
Round 2: 76 (+4)
To Par: +26
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — Propelled by junior Ainhoa Olarra’s 2-under 70 Sunday, South Carolina remained in good position through 36 holes at the NCAA Championship at Rich Harvest Farms. The No. 11 Gamecocks posted a 300 (+12) to end the day in sixth place with a two-round mark of 613 (+37).
No. 12 Northwestern (599, +23) remains in first after firing a 298 (+10), while No. 14 Kent State (607, +31) and No. 1 Stanford (609, +33) round out the top three spots on the leaderboard. Olarra sits just two strokes behind Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho, who holds the individual lead with a two-day total of 144 (E).
The top eight teams following Monday’s final round of stroke play will advance to match play. Carolina currently sits seven strokes ahead of ninth-place Arizona State and Texas.
Olarra, who will head into the final round of stroke play in a tie for third at 2-over 146, totaled 12 pars and four birdies Sunday. The San Sebastian, Spain, native posted a front-nine 34 (-2) after carding birdies on the par-5 second and par-4 eighth, and she maintained momentum with another birdie after the turn. Olarra’s long putt from off the green on No. 10 gave her the birdie, and she added her final one of the round on the difficult par-4 17th.
Carolina’s Ana Pelaez turned in an up-and-down second round en route to a 4-over 76. An eagle on the par-5 second highlighted her day, as the freshman hit a great approach shot into the green before converting the short putt. She recorded 12 pars Sunday, including one on each of her last three holes. The Malaga, Spain, native sits in a tie for 14th at 7-over 151.
Fellow freshman Anita Uwadia (T126, +26) bounced back in round two, posting a 4-over 76. She recorded pars on eight of her first nine holes and notched two birdies after the turn, carding ones on Nos. 11 and 18.
Gamecock senior standout Katelyn Dambaugh (T59, +14) added three birdies of her own Sunday and fired a second-round 78 (+6). She earned a birdie on the par-3 fifth for the second-straight round, and another birdie on No. 9 gave the Goose Creek, S.C., native a front-nine 37 (+1). Her final birdie of the day came on the par-4 12th.
Sophomore Marion Veysseyre (165, +21) will head into Monday in a tie for 107th after posting an 83 (+11) in the second round. She opened her back nine with four-straight pars before adding another one on No. 16.
Quoting Coach Kalen Anderson
“I’m really proud of the group. Ainhoa’s round was phenomenal ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” she played amazing. I feel good about posting a 12-over today. There will be shootout for that top-eight finish tomorrow, but we’re in a good position. We need to keep doing what we’re doing ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” stick to our game plan and play very smart golf.”
Ainhoa Olarra capped off her strong start Sunday with a birdie on No. 10 when the junior converted a long putt from off the green. Three of her four birdies in round two came over the first 10 holes.
- South Carolina’s 300 (+12) marked the third-lowest round of the day among the 24-team field.
- Gamecock junior Ainhoa Olarra is one of five golfers to post an under-par round at the NCAA Championship this week.
- Olarra’s 4.15 par-4 scoring average ranks third among the 132 players in action at Rich Harvest Farms.
- Carolina freshman Ana Pelaez is one of 10 players to tally an eagle at this week’s tournament.
The Gamecocks conclude the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championship Monday. Carolina, which looks to advance to match play for the second-straight season, gets its day started at 11:45 a.m. CT on No. 1. Golf Channel coverage will begin tomorrow with pre-game coverage starting at 2 p.m. CT, followed by live coverage from 3-7 p.m. CT.