ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The best scoring round by any team in the opening two rounds of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship came on Thursday and it has helped propel Indianapolis into a sizeable lead at the midway point of the competition. After holding a one-stroke advantage entering Thursday’s play, Indianapolis fired a team score of 299 to take a 16-shot cushion into Friday’s third round of action.
The Greyhounds two-day score of 604 (+28) is well ahead of both Rollins and Central Oklahoma’s tally of 620 (+44). Lynn and Tarleton State -- who owned Thursday's second and third lowest team scores, respectively -- are both tied for fourth place with a 625 (+49).Indianapolis has received stellar play during the first two rounds, as four Greyhounds are in the top 25 and all five golfers rank in the top 35 of the tournament. Brooke Beegle was one of three golfers to shoot a 73 (+1) on Thursday, pushing her into a three-way tie for third place. That +1 score was the lowest individual round on Day 2. Both Beegle and UIndy teammate Chanice Young own a two-day score of 150 (+6) to pace the Greyhounds.
One of 12 individuals competing, Midwestern State’s Brenna Moore, followed her opening round 74 with a 73 on Thursday. That puts Moore in the lead at the halfway point with a 147 (+3). Moore has collected 22 pars and seven birdies -- second most in the tournament -- during the first two days.
Nipping on Moore’s heels is Madison Lellyo from Rollins. The freshman was the Day 1 leader -- and one of just two players to shoot under-par during a round -- and owns a 148 (+4) heading into Friday’s third round.
Beegle and Young from Indianapolis are tied for third place along with Tarleton State’s Isabell Jimenez Perea at 150 (+6).