Central: Oklahoma leads on home turf
Team leader: Oklahoma (7-under 569)
Individual leader: Emily Collins (7-under 137)
In position: 2. Duke (575), 3. Florida (589), T-4. Arizona State, Coastal Carolina (590), T-6. Texas Tech, UC Davis, Mississippi State (591)
Chasing: T-9. Michigan State, N.C. State (592), 11. TCU (593) 12. Wisconsin (595), 13. SMU (598)
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Here comes the home team: Oklahoma remained steady in Round 2 of the NCAA Central Regional, a day when many other teams lost ground. Holding ground, however, is a little easier to do when regionals is on such familiar territory.
The Sooners are playing in their own backyard this week, at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla. That course also will host the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links later this summer.
Oklahoma added three shots to its first-round 5-under 283 total, and with a second-round 286 is now at 7 under for the tournament. The Sooners lead Duke by six shots. On Friday, Oklahoma counted rounds of 70 from three players: Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Chirapat Jao-Javanil and Emily Collins.
Collins shot a bogey-free 67 Thursday, her first blemish-free round in competition.
“The home course definitely helps because we all know the bounces and the breaks,” Collins said after the first round. “There’s a little extra adrenaline going and I think the whole team feels that.”
Oklahoma already had record-breaking regular-season success, winning three times and climbing as high as No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Perhaps the best stat for this week, however, pertains to Oklahoma’s victory at its own Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, played at Jimmie Austin in October. The Sooners won by 29 shots.
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Minor improvement: Second-round scores were higher across the board at Jimmie Austin. Only one team in the 24-team field managed to go lower than in Round 1: Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders shaved one stroke Friday in posting a 7-over 295. They are at 15 over for the tournament and part of a three-way tie for sixth place. Texas Tech started the day in 15th place.
Gabriella Dominguez shot even-par 72, while Kimberly Kaufman, who held the top ranking in the country for much of the early season, and Beverly Mendoza contributed rounds of 73.
Texas Tech has finished ninth at regionals each of the past two years. The top eight teams advance from each regional.
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Short shots: Emily Collins maintained her individual lead, but Mississippi State's Ally McDonald crept closer in Round 2. McDonald posted a second consecutive round of 69 and now trails Collins, at 7 under, by just one shot. . . . Duke’s Alejandra Cangrejo also shot 69. It was the low round of the day. Cangrejo had to sit out of the final two rounds of regionals in 2012 after injuring her elbow during the first round. Duke still qualified as a team. . . . Washington, which took the top spot in Golfweek’s rankings into the postseason, shot a second-round 19-over 307 and is at 25 over for the tournament. The Huskies are T-15.