April 22, 2008

Bears Remain In Fourth; Henderson Moves Up To Seventh

April 22, 2008

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Northern Colorado senior Gina Rodriguez (Fort Morgan, Colo.) fell back to the pack a little Tuesday at the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship at Foothills Golf Club.

But senior teammate Jenny Henderson (Fargo, N.D.) was there to pick her up and keep the Bears in fourth.

Henderson's 76 Tuesday matched her first-day total and contributed to Northern Colorado's 309 day-two team total on the par-72, 6,131-yard course. The Bears, at 617, are now in a tie for fourth with Montana, which shot 307 Tuesday to go along with a 310 on Monday.

Portland State fired a second-round 297 and will take a six-stroke lead into Wednesday's final round. The Vikings' 36-hole total of 603 (+27) has them ahead of Northern Arizona's 609 (+33) and pre-tournament favorite Eastern Washington's 610 (+34)

Henderson (152 two-day total) will enter Wednesday's final round in sole possession of seventh place in the individual standings. She was honored last week as a member of this year's all-Big Sky Conference first team.

Rodriguez's first-round 75 Monday had her tied for fifth in the individual standings, but her 79 on Tuesday dropped her into a tie for 16th with teammate Katie Avery (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) who shot a 76 Tuesday to go along with her 78 on Monday.

Heather Daviner (Parker, Colo.) will enter Wednesday's round in 18th after following up her 82 on Monday with a 78 on Tuesday.

Northern Arizona's Ali Carter (74, 72) is in first in the individual standings, and she's followed by Portland State's Hannah Bews (73, 75) and Eastern Washington's Kellie Holmstedt (71, 78).

Wednesday's final round begins at 6:52 a.m., and the winning team will earn a bid to the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, Calif.