HOUSTON, Texas (May 17, 2018) – Rollins turned in a second round 312 on Thursday and dropped three spots to 10th halfway through the NCAA Division II National Championship.
The eighth-ranked Tars are 38-over for the event, carding scores of 302-312 (614). Second-ranked Indianapolis is running away from the field, sitting at three-under with rounds of 286-287. Top-ranked Nova Southeastern moved into second place, but still 15-shots back of UIndy at 12-over (296-292). Dallas Baptist (+15) is third, Barry (+18) fourth and Cal Baptists and Missouri-St. Louis tied for fifth (+21).
"Obviously, it's been a disappointing Championship for us so far," said Rollins Director of Golf/Head Coach Julie Garner. "I wish I could tell you why, but I'm flummoxed. The course and conditions seem ideal for our team with heat, humidity and Bermuda grass. It's on me that we apparently were not well prepared for the event; you can't afford to play like this when you are competing with teams at this level."
Seher Atwal was a big bright spot for the Tars on Thursday, shooting a one-over 73 and moving up six spots on the leaderboard into a tie for sixth. Coming off an even par opening round, the sophomore carded a birdie on the second hole before bogeys on No. 4 and No. 6 put her at one-over. She posted a birdie-two on No. 8 and was back to even at the turn. Atwal took a bogey on No. 10 and posted pars the rest of the way.
"All that being said, we are happy for Seher and her solid, consistent play," added Garner. "She's a great player on a big stage."
Atwal is four-shots off the lead of three-under, held by UIndy's Kylie Raines. Katharina Keilich and Paxton DeHaven, also Greyhounds, are tied for second at two-under.
Lexie Toth is tied for 42nd at 10-over with scores of 74-80. She stayed out of trouble for the most part in round two, with four bogeys and five pars on both the front and back nine's.
Madison Lellyo shot an 81 on Thursday and is tied for 55th at 13-over (76-81). The senior was seven-over after the first seven holes, but got on track with a birdie on No. 9. She then carded four more bogeys and a birdie on the back.
Selin Timur moved up a spot on the leaderboard into a tie for 63rd, shooting scores of 82-78 (+16). The sophomore was five-over on the front despite a birdie-two on No. 3 and later posted a birdie on No. 17. Lara van Staden is a shot back of Timur in a tie for 65th at 17-over (80-81). The freshman was just four-over through 13 holes but closed with five bogeys.
"Hopefully we can reset ourselves for the final two rounds and pick up some positive momentum for our seniors and returning players," said Garner. "We won't let the past two rounds define us. We appreciate everyone's support!"
The third of four rounds is set for Friday, May 18 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. Fans can follow the Tars round with live scoring at GolfStat.com.