May 11, 2012

Women's golf moves to 23rd after day two

By JORDAN FREEMYER
UNCBears.com

ERIE, Colo. – The Northern Colorado women's golf team battled tough conditions en route to a 36-over par 324 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA West Regional at Colorado National Golf Club.

The score puts the Bears in 23rd place with a two-round score of 635 (+59) headed into the final round Saturday. Stanford leads the tournament with a score of 580 (+4).

"It was a rough, rough go for us today," Northern Colorado head coach Brandon White said. "A little disappointing, we were crossing our fingers that we would miss the rain by having a morning tee time today and then it would start raining and make it a little tougher on the afternoon teams. We got our wish; unfortunately we didn't take advantage of the opportunity."

The Bears teed off Friday with temperatures in the mid-40s with a light wind, but avoided the rain until their last few holes of the day.

Junior Carleigh Silvers was once again the bright spot for the Bears, shooting a 5-over 77, overcoming double bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16. Silvers is currently tied for 54th place among individuals at 152 (+8) and is in a group that contains two of the top 50 golfers in the country in Pepperdine's Grace Na and Colorado's Emily Talley.

The only other Bear under 80 was senior Chelsea Silvers who shot a 79 (+7) despite two double bogeys of her own. She is in a tie for 95th after two rounds with a score of 157 (+13).

"We just got off to a slow start," White said. "Made some bogeys early and sprinkled in a few double bogeys and we even had one triple and one quadruple bogey today. The big numbers definitely prevented us from shooting a decent score. I think without the big numbers we would've been close to what we shot yesterday, around 310."

McNeley finished the day with an 11-over 83 and is in a tie for 117th at 163 (+19) through two days while Avery shot a 90 (+18) and is in 120th place with a 24-over 168.

Senior Ali Nelson rounded out the Bears effort with an 85 (+13) on Friday. She is in 121st place through two rounds with a score of 169 (+25).

Northern Colorado will be paired with Oregon State of the Pac-12 and Southwestern Athletic Conference champions Jackson State for the final round Saturday. Nelson will kick off NC's round at 12:55 p.m. and Carleigh Silvers will be the final Bear to tee off at 1:39 p.m. Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s with intermittent rain throughout the day.

"Tomorrow we just want to see what conditions we get," White said. "The goal for tomorrow is just to put a good round together and end this tournament on a good note.

"We're still truly excited that we're here and we get this opportunity to play with some of the best teams in the country and get to see what those teams can do. Even in some bad conditions today there were some great scores, so we're just going to go out tomorrow and try to put a good round together."