Aggies Remain 17th at NCAA Championship
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The No. 10 Texas A&M women's golf team remained in 17th place after the second round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Golf Championship on Wednesday at Vanderbilt Legends Club North Course.
The Aggies improved their score by three shots and finished with 298 and a two-round score of 599. No. 2 Alabama holds the lead by 11 strokes with a 5-under 571 (286-285). The Crimson Tide's Brooke Pancake became the individual leader today and is 6-under (68-70=138) for the championship.
Starting on hole 10, the Aggies played their first nine 7-over, with two birdies, while going just 2-over with seven birdies on the back.
Sophomore Katerina Ruzickova paced A&M with an even-par 72 and is tied for 16th with 145 (73-72). She had 14 pars, two bogeys and two birdies with her first birdie coming on 18. She had six straight pars on A&M's back nine and finished off her round with a tap-in birdie on 9.
"Kat hit a bomb drive on the last hole," A&M head coach Trelle McCombs said. "She even said, 'Wow, I hit that really well.' She hit a five-iron in to the par-5 and hit it a little bit short. I knew if she could hit it solid, she could get it up there, and it was tracking the pin the whole way. She had a great put, but it just didn't break.
"For the most part, Kat started playing aggressively, especially at the turn. I told the girls to fire at pins on the back side. We didn't get off to a very good start; we were just playing way too conservative. That really resonated with her because she wants to hit it close. Sometimes we hit it good and sometimes we didn't, but she made an aggressive swing and she got more and more comfortable with herself doing that."
Three schools are tied for second with a score of 582 (+6), including No. 1 UCLA, No. 7 North Carolina and Virginia. No. 5 Arizona State and No. 18 South Carolina (583) are tied for fifth, No. 3 Southern California (585) is seventh, No. 6 LSU (587) is eighth, Purdue (588) ninth and No. 8 Vanderbilt 10th (590). No. 11 Duke (591) came in 11th, followed by No. 22 Texas (592), No. 23 North Carolina State (593), Oklahoma (593), NO. 12 Colorado (595) and No. 13 Florida (595). No. 19 Pepperdine (599) is tied for 17th with A&M and both teams proceed No. 17 Baylor (603), Arkansas (604), No. 21 Michigan State (607), No. 14 Tennessee (607), No. 16 Ohio State (609) and Stanford (613).
A&M is paired with Pepperdine and Florida for Thursday's third round and will tee off from the 10th at 8:39 a.m. (CT). Play continues through Friday and live scoring can be found at NCAA.com. Also follow the Aggies with live updates on Twitter @AggieWomensGolf.
"There's a lot of room to move and we'll see what happens (in the next two rounds)," McCombs said.