Embry-Riddle women’s golf misses cut for 3rd round at nationals
OKLAHOMA CITY — Walking on the razor’s edge of elimination after the first round of the NAIA Women’s National Championship tournament, Embry-Riddle needed to bounce back with an improved performance on Wednesday, May 15, at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
As it turned out, the Eagles, who were tied for 17th place out of 30 squads and on the brink of bowing out entering the second round, couldn’t turn the corner.
In the second round on Wednesday, Embry-Riddle shot a +26 to finish with a +53 total (315-314=629) on Lincoln Park’s par 72, 6,050-yard West course. The Eagles’ team wound up tied for 19th place and missed the cut for the third round of nationals today, May 16.
Only the teams that completed the second round in anywhere from the first through the 17th places qualified for the third round with the chance to compete for a national title in the fourth and final round on Friday, May 17.
British Columbia took over first place after the second round with a tally of +8 for a +14 total (294-296=590). Keiser University was a close second, firing a +8 in the second round for a +17 total (297-296=593).
Individually, Michela Tjan of Kaiser University and Maria Zrodowska of William Woods University were tied for the lead going into the third round. Tjan moved up 12 places after the second round for a total of minus-1 (73-70=143), while Zrodowska picked up one place for a total of minus-1 (70-73=143).
For Embry-Riddle, Elle Carlson led the way, improving by 12 places from the first round to the second round for a +3 total. She moved into a seven-way tie for 11th place (74-73=147). But the rest of the Eagles struggled, for the most part.
Jessica Williams, to her credit, improved by a whopping 40 places on Wednesday after a difficult first round to move into an 11-way tie for 38th at +9 (79-74=153).
Kendall McBean (T-110th, +20), Nicole Lopes (T-116th, +21) and Megan Hessil (T-148th, +31) rounded out the Eagles’ finishers in the second round.
Despite their team not moving on to the third round, Embry-Riddle’s Carlson and Williams will play as individuals today, May 16, with the opportunity to advance to the final round on Friday, May 17. Carlson tees off at 5:30 a.m. Arizona time today, followed by Williams at 7:18 a.m.
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