Monday, February 15, 2016

Rachael Taylor slumps from 67 to 80 in Puerto 

Rico Classic and Alice Hewson is five behind

Glasgow-born Rachael Taylor, a senior-year student at North Carolina State University, has experienced the highs and lows of tournament golf over the first two days of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, a 54-hole US college event at Rio Mar Country Club's River Course (par 72, yardage 6191).

Scotland international Rachael, pictured, whose father Gerry is head professional at Bad Griesbach Resort, Germany, shot a splendid five-under-par 67 to be lying second, one off the pace, after Sunday's first round.
So far, so very good.
Then, in today's second round, Rachael crashed to an eight-over-par 80 and tumbled down the leaderboard to T17 on three-over 147.
Not a good tournament either for GB and I international player and Curtis Cup team contender Alice Hewson from Berkhamsted.
A freshman at Clemson University, Alice slipped from an opening 73 to a second-day 79 for a tally of 152 and a share of 48th place in a field of 88 players.
The weather could not have been all that bad on the second day because Maria Fassi (Arkansas) was able to improve by five shots - from 72 to 67 - and shares the lead with first-round pacemaker, Gabby Barker (Texas Tech) on five-under 139 with scores of 66 and 73.
They lead by one shot from Baily Tardy (Georgia) who has had scores of 68 and 72 for 140.

+Things you might not know about Rachael Taylor. Much the same background as rookie pro Olivia Cowan, i.e. moved to Germany at a very early age with dad working in Germany, educated at a German school, fluent German speaker.
 But here's the difference, Olivia, whose father comes from Liverpool and is a club pro, decided to make Germany her "home country" while she was an amateur and also now that she is a professional.
Rachael is obviously proud of her Scottish roots even though she went to Germany when she was only three months old.
Miss Taylor can play the saxophone and is a purple belt in Karate.