HOUSTON – In the second round of the NCAA Division II Women's Golf National Championships, Florida Southern's Amanda Gartrell got off to an outstanding start and had an even better finish as the sophomore turned in a 79 to reach the halfway point of the tournament tied for 45th place.
Opening on the back nine at Bay Oaks Country Club late Thursday morning, Gartrell parred No. 10 and birdied 11, two holes on which she had a double-bogey and a par on Wednesday. She followed that by parring 12 through 14 to remain at one-under, but four straight bogeys moved her to three-over when she made the turn. Gartrell then broke a tough eight-hole stretch by parring the par-5 No. 5 before she birdied two of her final three holes. One of those came on the par-5 No. 7 for the second day in a row.
Gartrell played her first five holes at one-under and had the same score over the final five holes. That gives her a 155 (+11) for the tournament.
First-round leaders Casey Wild of Tarleton State and Kiira Riihijarvi of Tampa dropped to fourth and 10th respectively as the University of Indianapolis claimed the top three positions. That gave the 2nd-ranked Greyhounds a commanding 15-shot lead over top-ranked Nova Southeastern in the team standings with a -3. It was the second day in a row Indianapolis had an under-par team score and it put them eight shots ahead of the record pace for the NCAA Championships.
The individual lead belongs to Kylie Raines at three-under-par 141 (70-71), while teammates Katharina Keilich and Paxton DeHaven are one shot back at two-under-par 142. Keilich has shot a 71 in each round, and DeHaven's 70 on Thursday was the best score of round two.
The third round begins Friday morning at 8:30 Central Time/9:30 Eastern with Gartrell in the first wave.