BREMERTON, Wash. – Led by a career-best round from sophomore Monique Riley, the Santa Clara women's golf team was the only squad to improve its second round score ending the day with a 303 to move into fourth place at the West Coast Conference Championship contested at the 6,083-yard, par-72 Olympic Course at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.
Riley birdied the par-4 18th hole to finish at 1-over 73 today in tough conditions leading the Broncos to an eight-shot improvement over Monday's first round score. The Broncos climbed a spot in the standings with their two-round total of 614.
"We played much better today," said head coach Krystal Kelly.
Tournament favorite and 12-time defending champion Pepperdine was the only team to score below 300 today with a round of 294 and leads the field by 13 shots with a total of 579 (+3). Gonzaga is second at 592 with BYU in third at 607.
Freshman of the Year candidate Annie Freman carded a 2-over 74 and moved into a tie for 10th at 151 (+7). Riley, whose previous best round was 74, moved into 12th place at 152 (+8).
Meghan Shain and Taylor Camany both shot a 78 today and are within one shot of each other in the overall standings. Shain is tied for 15th with her two-round total of 155 (+11) while Camany placed 17th at 156 (+12). Junior Kaci McCartan was three shots better today with a 79 and has a tournament total of 161.
Gonzaga's Alice Kim is the only player under par at 4-under 140 and widened her lead with a 1-under 71 today. She enters Wednesday's final round with a four shot advantage over Pepperdine's Grace Na.
"We'll be very process oriented tomorrow," Kelly said. "This will be very important since the weather forecast has a 90 percent chance of rain."
The Broncos will start Wednesday's final round at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) teeing off from the 10th hole in 10-minute intervals with golfers from USF. Live scoring for the WCC Championship is available at www.golfstat.com or by clicking the link provided on the Bronco's website. Also visit www.wccsports.com for daily recaps and player interviews.
WCC Championship, 2nd Round Team Standings
1. Pepperdine 285-294 = 579 (+3)
2. Gonzaga 292-300 = 592 (+16)
3. BYU 299-308 = 607 (+31)
4. Santa Clara 311-303 = 614 (+38)
5. San Francisco 307-318 = 625 (+49)
Santa Clara 2nd Round Individual Results
T10. Annie Freman 77-74 = 151 (+7)
12. Monique Riley 79-73 = 152 (+8)
T15. Meghan Shain 77-78 = 155 (+11)
17. Taylor Camany 78-78 = 156 (+12)
23. Kaci McCartan 82-79 = 161 (+17)