Women's Central Regional: UCLA takes lead
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Team leader: UCLA (12-over 558)
Individual leader: Wad Phaewchimplee, Kent State (6-under 138)
In position (the next seven): 2. California (589), T-3. Florida, Alabama (592), 5. Ohio State (593), 6. Kent State (594), 7. Arizona (595), T-8. Mississippi State, Oklahoma State (596)
Chasing (still work to do): 10. Kansas (599), T-11. Minnesota, North Carolina (603), 13. Arkansas (604)
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CONTINUES TO LEAD: Kent State’s Wad Phaewchimplee didn’t have the best start to her second round Friday. Starting on the par-4 10th, she bogeyed 11, made a double bogey at 13 and another bogey at 15. She was 4 over through her first six holes.
Before making the turn she made birdie on 18, and played bogey-free the rest of her round. She added birdies at the par-4 second and the par-4 fifth to finish at 1-over 73.
The freshman continues to lead by a considerable margin – four to be exact – over UNLV’s Dana Finkelstein, who shot 2-under 70 during the second round.
Alabama teammates Stephanie Meadow and Emma Talley, Oklahoma State’s Jayde Panos and Florida’s Sarah Schober are all tied for third at 1-under 143.
If Phaewchimplee was to hang on for the win, it would be her second of the year.
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BOUNCING BACK: After a first-round, 11-over 299, UCLA showed composure at Karsten Creek by shooting a second-round, 1-over 289 to take the lead at the NCAA Central Regional.
The Bruins, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, were tied for sixth heading into the day, but with rounds of 71 from freshman Alison Lee and junior Erynee Lee, the team leads by one heading into the final round.
Alison, ranked No. 1 by Golfweek, is the low player for the Bruins as she is tied for 16th at 2 over.
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SHORT SHOTS: The scoring average (76.48) dropped 1.51 strokes in the second round compared to the first round. . . . For the second straight day the par-5 18th played as the easiest hole at Karsten Creek GC. . . . TCU’s Sanna Nuutienen had the low round of the day Friday with a 5-under 67. She moved from T-90 after Round 1 to T-28 (4-over 148). . . . Ohio State shot the low round of the tournament with a even-par 288 during the second round.