Kent State Battles Through Day Two at NCAA Central Regional

Updated 5/7/2011
Story courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - On a day where the wind challenged the 124-golfer field, the Kent State women's golf team was unable to move up the leader board Friday afternoon in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional at Warren Golf Course.

Although the Golden Flashes dropped back in the field, moving into a tie for 11th place with Tulane, Kent State is still within reach of a coveted top-eight slot to qualify for the NCAA Championship later this month.

Senior Martina Gavier (Cordoba, Argentina) had the lowest round on the day for Kent State, as she turned in a five-over 77. Starting from No. 1 Friday afternoon, Gavier was relatively steady on the day, carding a birdie on her penultimate hole, the par-5 no. 17.

The rest of the Golden Flashes each were six-over on the day. Junior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) settled down from a double-bogey on her opening hole to hit eight straight pars. Although Morrow had five bogeys on the back nine, she was able to notch a birdie on the par-4 no. 13. Morrow is tied for 29th overall.

The par-3 No. 14 again had a bit of luck for Kent State on Friday. After Morrow aced the hole during Thursday's first round, senior Sarah Bradley (Cambridge, New Zealand) chipped in from 45 feet from the right side for a birdie. Bradley then followed with another birdie on No. 15, but for the second straight day back-to-back bogeys ended her round to finish with a six-over 78.

Junior Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) is tied for 58th overall after she too had a birdie on No. 14. Germino finished with a 78 for the second straight day. Fellow junior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) finished her day on a high note, converting on a birdie chance on No. 18 for her second birdie of the day.

Kent State will be paired with 10th place Texas and fellow 11th place team Tulane for Saturday's final round. Tee times for the Golden Flashes will begin at 8 a.m. from the No. 10 tee.

UCLA increased its lead to six strokes, while Minnesota's 297 helped the Golden Gophers move into a tie for second place. Arkansas' Emily Tubert shot three-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead on the individual leaderboard.