Wildcats Stay Steady Tied for Seventh on Day Two
STANFORD, Calif. – The Wildcats played the second round of the NCAA Stanford Regional on Tuesday at the Stanford Golf Course ( par 71, 6,291 yards).
Kentucky repeated its first-day placement tying for seventh, however improved its overall team score shooting 291 (+7).
“We were close to putting together a good round today,” said Head Coach Golda Borst. “Unfortunately, holes three through five set us back quite a bit.”
Sophomore Laney Frye played an impressive 18 holes flying 28 spots up the individual leaderboard. Her round of 67 (-4) placed the Wildcat in the top-10.
Rikke Svejgård Nielsen played a steady game keeping herself in the top-20 individually. The Denmark-native dropped one placement from day one but showed determination as she shot an even 71 today.
Junior Marissa Wenzler battled throughout her round remaining in the top-50 where she tied for 43rd with five-over-par.
María Villanueva Aperribay struggled on her second day falling down the individual leaderboard. She shot a 79 (+8) landing her T47 in the top-50 with Wenzler.
Jensen Castle made her NCAA Stanford Regional debut leading off the day for the Wildcats. Castle finished her round sitting in 65th after playing 77 (+6).
“The good thing about golf is that anything can happen, and we have 18 holes left to find a way into the Top Four,” stated Borst. “This team is very capable, and we’re excited to get back on the course tomorrow!”
Kentucky will find out its fate for advancement tomorrow as the tournament concludes with its final round of play.
The Cats will be paired once again with Princeton and Texas Tech seeing an 11 a.m. ET start with Castle up to the tee box first.
For the full list of pairings, click here.
Live stats are available to follow via Golfstat by clicking here.
In addition to the Stanford Regional, teams began competing today in Albuquerque, N.M., Ann Arbor, Mich., Franklin, Tenn., Stillwater, Okla., and Tallahassee, Fla.
Last year the Cats found success at the Columbus Regional advancing to the program’s first NCAA Finals since 1992.
Kentucky looks to repeat that success next month in California with hopes of another championship run.
ABOUT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Six regional tournaments will be conducted May 9-11 to determine the championship finals field. Regional tournaments are considered preliminary rounds of NCAA championships
competition and all national championship policies apply.
A total of 72 teams and 36 individual participants have been selected for regional competition. Of the 396 players participating in the regionals, 132 will advance to the championship finals, with the top four teams and top two individuals (not on an advancing team) advancing from each regional.
The national championships will be May 20-25 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. hosted by Arizona State and The Thunderbirds. The final three days of the championships will be televised live by the GOLF Channel.
BIRDIES FOR TORNADO RELIEF FUNDRAISER
Collectively, UK Women’s Golf has tallied 235 birdies since announcing the start of a new fundraiser to aid fellow Kentuckians in the Western region of the state who were devastated by an EF4 tornado in early December of last year. This tally includes the birdies shot throughout the first two rounds of the NCAA Stanford Regional.
In partnership with the Kentucky Red Cross, the program is asking for monetary donations or pledges. For each birdie made, beginning with the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and throughout the rest of the 2022 spring season, money will be given to those impacted by the catastrophic disaster.
Those wishing to donate can do so by clicking here.