May 11, 2012

Lady Jags Gain Ground

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Augusta State got off to a hot start Friday morning and played its way back into contention in the second round of the NCAA East Regional at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.

Sparked by junior Natalie Wille and sophomore Casey Kennedy, the Lady Jaguars posted an 8-over 296 and climbed from 18th to 13th place in the 24-team field. The top eight teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team at the conclusion of Saturday's third and final round will advance to the NCAA Championships.

Starting on the back nine, ASU played its first nine holes in 2-under par. Wille and Kennedy combined for 10 birdies on the day. Only three teams (Campbell, Duke and South Carolina) turned in a better effort than ASU and only two teams (Campbell and Duke) made a bigger move than the Lady Jags on the second day of the regional.

South Carolina, ranked No. 25 in the nation by Golfstat, combined for a 6-over 294 and increased its lead from four to seven strokes over No. 2 Alabama. Florida is third, nine shots off the pace, while Texas A&M and Duke are fourth and fifth, respectively.

"We are still in this," said first-year ASU head coach Kory Thompson. "We just need another solid round tomorrow. I was really proud of how strong a start we got off too. That gave us some confidence early and Natalie and Casey were huge for us today."

Wille matched her low round of the season with a 3-under 69 and Kennedy notched a 1-under 71. Wille tied with Campbell's Michelle Koh for the low round of the day and vaulted from 39th place all the way up to a tie for fourth. Kennedy improved from 24th up to sixth.

ASU senior Kirsty Rands (t84th) shot a 5-over 77, junior Marit Bjerke (t111th) signed for 79 and sophomore Christine Duschek-Hansen (t116th) pitched in an 80, the squad's non-counting score.

Katerina Ruzickova of Texas A&M maintained her individual lead with a 1-over 73 and leads by three shots over the South Carolina duo of Katie Burnett and Justine Dreher. ASU's Wille is four shots back, tied with Georgia State's Charlotte Lorentzen.

ASU will be paired with Kent State and Oklahoma State for Saturday's third and final round. Duschek-Hansen will be first off for the Lady Jags at 12:00 p.m., followed by Bjerke at 12:11, Rands at 12:22, Kennedy at 12:33 and Wille at 12:44. The NCAA regionals are contested in a three-day, 54-hole format, with 18 holes played each day.

Now in its 11th year, the ASU Women's Golf program is making its third postseason appearance since becoming eligible for postseason competition with the 2005-06 season. That year, the Lady Jags finished eighth in the NCAA East Regional at Bryan Park Golf Course in Browns Summit, N.C., and missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships by just four strokes. They also qualified for the 2011 East Regional under former women's head coach and current men's head coach Kevin McPherson.

Live scoring and full-field results of all three NCAA Women's Golf regionals are available at www.golfstat.com.

The ASU Women's Golf Media Supplement can be viewed at http://jaguarsroar.com/sports/wgolf/2011-12/files/asuwg_ncaa_east_regional_media_supplement.pdf.

Penn State's tournament central page can be viewed at http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/w-golf/spec-rel/w-golf-ncaa-2012.html.

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NCAA EAST REGIONAL

Penn State Blue Course
State College, Pa.
Par 72 -- 6,253 yards
Hosted by Penn State University 

Team Results

1. South Carolina.................................... 288.... 294.... 582..... +6
2. Alabama........................................... 292.... 297.... 589... +13
3. Florida.............................................. 294.... 297.... 591... +15
4. Texas A&M........................................ 296.... 296.... 592... +16
5. Duke................................................ 302.... 293.... 595... +19
6. Texas............................................... 296.... 300.... 596... +20
7. Arizona............................................. 302.... 296.... 598... +22
8. Washington........................................ 296.... 303.... 599... +23
9. Arizona State...................................... 303.... 298.... 601... +25
10. Tulane.............................................. 298.... 305.... 603... +27
Campbell.......................................... 313.... 290.... 603... +27
12. Michigan State.................................... 300.... 304.... 604... +28
13. AUGUSTA STATE................................ 311.... 296.... 607... +31
Oklahoma State................................... 299.... 308.... 607... +31
Kent State.......................................... 306.... 301.... 607... +31
16. UCF................................................. 301.... 307.... 608... +32
Wake Forest....................................... 304.... 304.... 608... +32
18. Maryland........................................... 303.... 307.... 610... +34
San Diego State................................... 311.... 299.... 610... +34
20. Northwestern...................................... 305.... 308.... 613... +37
21. Chattanooga....................................... 311.... 306.... 617... +41
22. Jacksonville State................................. 314.... 304.... 618... +42
23. Oral Roberts....................................... 327.... 315.... 642... +66
24. Long Island........................................ 324.... 321.... 645... +69 

Augusta State Individual Results

t4. Natalie Wille..................................... 75..... 69.... 144....... E
t6. Casey Kennedy................................... 74..... 71.... 145..... +1
t84. Kirsty Rands...................................... 79..... 77.... 156... +12
t111. Marit Bjerke...................................... 83..... 79.... 162... +18
t116. Christine Duschek-Hansen..................... 84..... 80.... 164... +20

Top 10 Individual Results

1. Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M.............. 67..... 73.... 140...... -4
2. Katie Burnett, South Carolina.................. 72..... 71.... 143...... -1
3. Justine Dreher, South Carolina................ 70..... 73.... 143...... -1
4. NATALIE WILLE, AUGUSTA STATE.......... 75..... 69.... 144....... E
*Charlotte Lorentzen, Georgia State.......... 74..... 70.... 144....... E
6. Maria Juliana Loza, Chattanooga.............. 73..... 72.... 145..... +1
CASEY KENNEDY, AUGUSTA STATE........ 74..... 71.... 145..... +1
Lindy Duncan, Duke............................ 73..... 72.... 145..... +1
Jennifer Kirby, Alabama........................ 71..... 74.... 145..... +1
10. Juliet Vongphoumy, Maryland................. 68..... 78.... 146..... +2
Stephanie Meadow, Alabama.................. 74..... 72.... 146..... +2
Evan Jensen, Florida............................. 72..... 74.... 146..... +2

* -- denotes competing as an individual

 

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