MONTGOMERY – After 36 holes of the Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championships, the Sam Houston State women stand in second place. They will be in the final group on Wednesday, trailing leaders Houston Baptist by nine strokes.

The Kats entered the day in a tie for first with HBU, but struggled early and were forced to play catch-up most of the round.

“Overall I think we played pretty good, we just made some mistakes we don’t normally make,” said head coach Brandt Kieschnick. “We played the same way, but HBU played really well. We had just as many chances as they did, but they converted and we didn’t.”

The Kats ended the day with a team score of 299 after shooting a 293 on Monday. HBU posted the best score of the tournament so far with a 290.

Gianti Mahardhika shot her second straight 73 to lead the Kats. She currently sits in 4th place, six strokes behind co-leaders Lexi Brooks and Alisa Chong of HBU who are both 2-under for the championship.

Hannah Alberto and Jenna Phillips each shot 75 on Tuesday and are both in the top 10 individually with Alberto in a tie for 6th and Phillips a stroke back in 9th. Heather Shake shot a 76 on Tuesday and is 9-over and currently stands in 15th. Kari Bush shot an 84 and is in 36th at 19-over.

“I’m excited. We are playing with the leaders so you want to beat the girls in your group,” Kieshanick said. “It’s a little match play at this point. This is a three-round tournament, not a two-round tournament. We need to go out and shoot a good round and you can get it out here.”

The Kats will tee off at 10:15 on Wednesday for the final round.