SEAL BEACH, Calif. – Freshman Claire Choi entered the clubhouse tied for seventh-place on the individual leaderboard and Santa Clara women's golf sits alone in 12th-place with a team total of 606 after two rounds of The Gold Rush.
The Broncos had a strong start but faded to eighth after the opening 18 holes with a 302. A second round 304 left them 28 swings behind leader San Jose State. The Broncos are just 13 shots behind fifth-place BYU.
"We struggled today," head coach Krystal Kelly said. "Our ball striking wasn't as good as it's been the last few weeks."
Choi carded a personal-best even-par 72 in the first round and was 1-over in the second round, leaving her tied for seventh with two other golfers. San Jose State's Abegail Arevalo blistered the course to a 7-under 137 to take a three-shot lead into Tuesday's final round.
"Claire played well today," Kelly noted of her first-year player.
"We short-sided ourselves more than we normally do," Kelly said of her team's opening day performance.
The Broncos will attempt to make up ground beginning at 8 a.m. PT in Tuesday's final round on the 6,169-yard, par-72 Old Ranch Country Club course. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com.
Santa Clara Second Round Individual Results
|T7.||Claire Choi||72-73 = 145 (+1)|
|T38.||Sarah Busey||74-78 = 152 (+8)|
|T43.||Emily Sumner||76-77 = 153 (+9)|
|T59.||Chloe Wong||80-76 = 156 (+12)|
|81.||Marni Murez||84-86 = 170 (+26)|