The 13th-ranked Newberry College women’s golf team cut 11 strokes from its first round score to move into a tie for seventh place after the second round of the Division II Fall Preview held at the LPGA International Legends Course on Monday.
The Wolves shot a team score of 207 to notch the second-lowest team score of the day behind tournament leaders Lynn. Newberry’s two-day total is 625, 19 back of Lynn. The Wolves are tied with Dallas Baptist entering the final day and are just seven strokes back of second place and four strokes from third in the highly competitive field.
Barbara Castro (Coruna, Spain) tied her career low with an even par 72 to move into a tie for fifth place at a 6-over par 150 after two rounds. Castro ties for the lowest round of the tournament as nobody has been able to break par.
A trio of Wolves shot a 6-over par 78 Tuesday, as the rest of the field’s scores went up while Newberry’s went down. Julia Daneshfar (Trophy Club, Texas) dropped three strokes from Sunday and sits in a tie for 31st at 15-over for two days. Korey Coleman (Stanford, Ky.) cut 11 strokes from her first round and sits in a tie for 50th at 23-over. Competing as an individual, Natalia Perez (Bogota, Colombia) dropped seven strokes and is tied for 42nd at 19-over.
Lisa Brandl (Nuremberg, Germany) is tied for 11th after a Monday 79 put her two-day total at a 10-over par 154. Eline Askeland (Oslo, Norway) rounds out the Newberry contingent with a 20-over par 164 and is tied for 45th.
The field is packed with nationally ranked squads including tournament leaders in No. 6 Lynn (+30). No. 7 Barry is in second at +42, No. 8 Central Oklahoma is in fourth at +46, No. 2 Florida Southern is in fifth at +47, No. 9 Saint Leo is a stroke behind Newberry in ninth at +50 and No. 22 West Texas A&M is in 12th at +83.
The final round of the Division II Fall Preview was called due to rain on Tuesday, putting the Wolves in a tie for seventh place in the tournament’s final standings.
Newberry and Dallas Baptist tied for seventh in the tournament with two-day totals of 625 (+49). The Wolves were only seven strokes out of second place and four strokes out of third.
“We were finishing strong in today’s round and had four birdies in our last three holes before the officials called off the rest of the day,” head coach Clarissa Childs said. “This proves you have to play well every day in these tournaments, and not just play well on one day.”
Barbara Castro (Coruna, Spain) recorded her ninth career top five finish, tying for fifth with Lynn University’s Irene Calvo and Ellen Chambers at 6-over par 150. Castro had notched two birdies and had a birdie lined up when the tournament was called.
Lisa Brandl (Nuremberg, Germany) tied for 11th at 10-over par 154, Julia Daneshfar (Trophy Club, Texas) tied for 31st at 15-over par 159, Eline Askeland (Oslo, Norway) tied for 45th at 20-over par 164 and Korey Coleman (Stanford, Ky.) tied for 50th at 23-over par 167. Competing as an individual, Natalia Perez (Bogota, Colombia) tied for 42nd at 19-over par 163.
Seven nationally ranked squads were in the tournament, including tournament champions No. 6 Lynn (+30). No. 7 Barry finished second at +42, No. 8 Central Oklahoma finished fourth at +46, No. 2 Florida Southern finished fifth at +47, No. 9 Saint Leo finished one stroke behind Newberry in ninth at +50 and No. 22 West Texas A&M finished 12th at +83.
The Wolves now take three weeks away from tournament competition to prepare to defend their title at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational at the Country Club of Salisbury, N.C., on Oct. 15-16. Newberry has won two of the last three Rendleman Invites.