MARICOPA, Ariz. – With two runner-up finishes at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in the past four years, Santa Clara women's golf is looking for a breakthrough. With a 36-hole total of 12-over 588, the Broncos find themselves just two-shots off the lead heading into Tuesday's final round.
Santa Clara struggled in the opening round of its previous three tournaments scoring at or above 300 as a team. However, with freshman Claire Choi and sophomore Sarah Busey scoring below par on Monday, the Broncos carded a 289 to grab the 18-hole lead.
A second-round 299 dropped Santa Clara into a second-place tie with New Mexico State, two swings behind UTEP.
"We played really well in the first round," head coach Krystal Kelly noted. "It was nice to see a solid opening 18 holes."
With scores of 71 and 70, Busey continued her solid play by going below par in each of her last four rounds. She's alone in fifth-place at 3-under, five shots behind second-round leader Suthavee Chanachai of New Mexico State.
Sophomore Emily Sumner signed a second-round 1-under 71 and has seventh-place all to herself with a total of 143.
After her opening 2-under 70, Choi battled in the afternoon, ending with an 81 to fall into a tie for 41st at 7-over 151.
"We struggled on a few holes in the afternoon," Kelly noted. "The heat was really challenging later in the day."
The field will avoid the afternoon heat with a single 18-hole final round scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. PT. Live scoring updates will be available at Golfstat.com.
Santa Clara Second Round Individual Results
|5.||Sarah Busey||71-70 = 141 (-3)|
|7.||Emily Sumner||72-71 = 143 (-1)|
|T40.||Claire Choi||70-81 = 151 (+7)|
|T72.||Duong Tran||76-80 = 156 (+12)|
|T82.||Marni Murez||79-78 = 157 (+13)|