PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Penn State women’s golf team is currently ninth in the 14-team field following the opening two rounds of the Westbrook Invitational on Sunday from the Grand Canyon State.
Penn State fired rounds of 3-over, 291, and 5-over, 293, on Sunday and are currently just five strokes out of the top-5.
Nebraska tops the field at 10-under following a tournament low 8-under in the second round while Ohio State and Denver are currently eight strokes back in a tie for second at 2-under. Minnesota matched the Huskers 8-under round to move up six spots between the first and second rounds and are currently fourth at even-par while UNLV sits fifth at 3-over to round out the top-5.
“The first round we fought back toward the end and were able to hold fourth place. I loved seeing the “fight” in the team,” commented head coach Denise St. Pierre. “Conversely we lost some shots coming down the stretch toward the middle of the second round and just could not capitalize enough on our opportunities.”
Senior Mathilde Delavallade (Royan, France) paced the Nittany Lions with rounds of 71 and 73 and is currently tied for 16th at even par for the championship just four shots off the lead entering Monday’s final round.
Senior Sarah Willis (Eaton, Ohio) also carded a 1-under, 71, in the opening round and is currently tied for 22nd at 1-over following a 2-over, 74, in her second round of the day.
Senior Isha Dhruva (Katy, Texas) improved her score by four strokes from the first and second round of the day firing a 1-under, 71, in her final 18 holes to move up 19 spots and into a tie for 26th position at 2-over for the championship.
Sophomore Drew Nienhaus (St. Louis, Mo.) and senior Taylor Waller (Canonsburg, Pa.) are each tied for 59th after 36 holes following rounds of 74, 77 and 76, 75, respectively.
Playing as an individual, sophomore Michell Cox (Allentown, Pa.) is tied for 40th at 4-over following rounds of 73 and 75.
The Nittany Lions are back on the course tomorrow to close out the tournament with an 8:30 a.m. MT shotgun start.
Full day one results available HERE.
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