KirkwoodGolf: GB and I players' contrasting fortunes in US college golf

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

GB and I players' contrasting fortunes in US college golf

Bronte Law slumps from 69 to 82 in second round as Charlotte Thomas takes lead

Bronte Law, shown at the 2015 NCAA Championship
Bronte Law, shown at the 2015 NCAA Championship ( Tracy Wilcox )

Two of the highest-ranked women's college teams at the Pac 12 Preview are in position for a final-round fight.
No. 6 UCLA and No. 15 Arizona State share the 36-hole lead at Nanea Golf Club at 9-over 593. 
The Sun Devils stormed into a slice of the top spot with a second-round 292, seven shots better than any other team could put together. UCLA posted a second-round 303 to retain a share.
No. 15 Washington (292-304) is 12 over for solo third, and No. 9 Arizona dropped from T-1 to fourth following a 16-over 308 that moved the Wildcats to 14 over total.
On a day where every team fell backwards, the Sun Devils somehow put together a steady score.
"The conditions were very hard this afternoon and played like a totally different golf course the second time around," Arizona State head coach Farr-Kaye said. 
"As the conditions got harder we got better. It shows the toughness and resilience this team has. I'm very proud of their efforts and how much they fought back."
Despite the tie at the top, the two teams are there in slightly different ways. The Bruins have taken a more spread approach, with just one player in the top 10, Louise Ridderstrom, but four in the top 25.
 Bronte Law, fresh off a win at the Stanford Intercollegiate, followed up an opening 69 with a second-round 82 that dropped her from the lead to T-21.
As for Arizona State, Monica Vaughn and Linnea Strom lead the way for the Sun Devils in a tie for third at Even par and tie for sixth at 1 over, respectively. Vaughn has reached the top three despite being sick.
Washington's GB and Ireland international team player Charlotte Thomas (7 under) leads the way in the individual race by six shots after 70-69. 
Teammate Wenyung Keh is T-3 at 1 over. Oregon's Caroline Inglis (1 under) is the only other player besides Thomas who is below par.
No. 23 California is fifth at 16-over 600 and No. 43 Colorado sits T-6 with a 20-over 604.