May 6, 2009

 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Upper Iowa University opened up a 5-stroke lead after the second round of the NCAA Division II Super Regional Three Women's Golf Championships Tuesday at Westward Ho Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Peacocks, who were tied with Concordia University, St. Paul, after Monday's first round, shot a 315 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 628. Concordia slipped to second place at 633 after compiling a 320 on Tuesday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato, and host Augustana (S.D.) swapped places in the team standings. Minnesota State moved up to third place at 651, while Augustana dropped to fourth place at 653. Winona State rounds out the top 5 at 670.

In the individual standings, Upper Iowa's Rochelle Schmidt widened her lead. Schmidt, who shot a 3-under-par 69 on Monday, fired a 76 on Tuesday to sit at 145, which is 1-over par. Concordia's Ann Martin and Jacquelyn Hauser are second and third. Martin is second at 151, while Hauser is 2 strokes behind her at 153. Three players, Augustana's Kelly Lauer, Upper Iowa's Rachael Schmidt and Concordia's Kaytie Spangler are tied for fourth place at 156.

The 54-hole tournament concludes on Wednesday with action beginning at 8 a.m. (CDT).

The top 3 teams and the top 3 individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships, scheduled for May 13-16 in Findlay, Ohio.

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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - There were no surprises at the NCAA Division II Super Regional Two in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, as the nation's top three ranked teams earned berths to the national championship tournament. Number one Nova Southeastern (+48),  #3 Florida Southern (+51) and #2 Rollins (+54) will travel to the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship in Findlay, Ohio May 13-16.
 
Nova Southeastern sophomore Sandra Changkija shot a final round 73 (+1) on the El Campeon Course to claim the individual crown at -1. Florida Southern senior Heather Burgner finished four shots back for runner-up honors.
 
Also headed to the Women's Golf Championship to compete as individuals are Charlene Reid (Pfeiffer University), Kelsey Babos (Catawba College) and Daniela Iacobelli (Florida Tech). They were the top three finishers not on a qualifying team. Iacobelli earned the final berth by outlasting Newberry College's Maria Luz Besio in a four hole playoff.
 
The NCAA Division II Super Regional Two was co-hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and the Central Florida Sports Commission. Full results can be found at www.golfstat.com.

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OMAHA, Neb. - The UNO golf team moved up to fifth place after two days of competition at the NCAA Division II West Regional at Ironwood Golf and Country Club.  Dani Suponchick shot a team-best 79 in windy conditions to lead the Mavericks.  Just eleven strokes separate the top five teams in the nine-team tournament heading into Wednesday's final round.

The top three teams and the top three individuals will advance to the national championship in Findlay, Ohio next week.

Tarleton State of Granby, Texas remained in the lead with a two day team total of 642, just five strokes ahead of Western Washington (647) which tied with California State Chico for low team round of the day at 323.  West Texas A&M is in third with a score of 649 followed by Cal State Chico (650) and UNO (653).

Carla Cooper of Tarleton State is tied with Raelyn Smith of Angelo State for first overall with a two-day score of 151.  Smith, playing as an individual, shot 78 on Tuesday after shooting the low round of the tournament on Monday at 73.

Cooper was one of four golfers to tie for the low round of the day on Tuesday.  Kaitlin Parker of Western Washington, Hammerli Sriyai of West Texas A&M, Jen Sanders of Cal State Chico and Cooper all shot 77 over the par-72 layout.  Parker, Sriyai and Cooper played together in the final group of the day.

Erin Ommen has the best two-day score for the Mavericks at 157.  She and Suponchick were sharp on the front side, going out in even par 36.  Ommen shot 44 on the back side to finish with 80 while Suponchick came in at 43 and has a two-day total of 161.  Amy Powell is third for the Mavs at 166 after an 82 on Tuesday.  Abbey Weddle was in fourth (86-84-170), and Rebecca Pollock was fifth (85-88-173).

The final round of the regional begins at 8:30 a.m. from the first tee at Ironwood.