NORMAN, Okla. – After a positive finish to the first round of the NCAA Women’s Golf NCAA Regional, Brandt Kieschnick hoped the team would be able to carry that momentum into round 2. Unfortunately that didn’t happen for the Kats on Tuesday.
Sam Houston got off to a slow start and never could recover, shooting a team score of 316 and sit in 17th place in the 18-team field.
“This is a demanding course that requires you to make shots, and that wasn’t happening for us today,” Kieschnick said. “You really have to stay mentally tough when things are going the way they did for us today.”
The low round of the day was from Leah Alberto. The freshman, playing in just her 8th collegiate tournament, shot a 75 to lead the Kats. Alberto had was able to get to even par for the day after a birdie on No. 3, her 12thhole of the day. Bogeys on three of her last five holes dropped her to 3-over for the day and 10-over for the tournament.
Birdies were hard to come by for the Kats on Tuesday. They had just six between the five golfers and no one had more than two on the day.
Hanna Alberto, who was 1-over after round one, shot a 78 on Tuesday. Kenlie Barrett, who was also 1-over after the first round, opened her day with five straight bogeys and finished the day with an 81. Jenna Phillips had the best start to the day for the Kats, with pars on her first six holes, making the turn at 2-over. But she played the back nine at 8-over and finished the day with an 82. Tori Gatling finished the day with an 86.
With inclement weather expected in the area on Wednesday, the golfers will have a shotgun start, beginning at 9 a.m.