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Result: T-7th of 25 teams / Wang T-7th,

Women's Golf at NCAA Championships

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 – 8:20 a.m. (Tues) / 1:20 p.m. (Wed.) / 12:30 p.m. (Thur.) / 8:20 a.m. (Fri.) at Houston, Texas - Bay Oaks Country Club

Knights stay in fifth place midway through NCAA Championships

Ziyi Wang
Ziyi Wang
Photo: Erik Williams

Results (PDF)

HOUSTON, Texas – Day two at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships saw significant movement in the team competition as only two of the top-12 squads finished the round holding the same spot on the leaderboard that they occupied to begin the day. Carleton College was one of the those two teams as the Knights held steady at fifth place in the 25-team field after posting a team score of 312, its third-best ever round at the national tournament. Senior Ziyi Wang (Beijing City, China/Lighthouse Christian Academy) tied her second-lowest NCAA Championships round with a 74 and moved into a three-way tie atop the individual leaderboard at 5-over par.

Day one leader University of Redlands had the biggest drop, sliding eight spots in the team standings after shooting a 39-over par 327. Four other squads inside the top-12 slipped multiple spots on the leaderboard as well.

Conversely, New York University made the biggest positive jump, climbing six spots with a 302 on Wednesday and is the new overall leader with a two-day total of 613. Methodist University is only one shot back after consecutive 307s. Williams College now holds down the third spot at 615, while defending national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps moved up five spots into fourth place with a 303 in the second round, giving CMS a two-day total of 618. Carleton, which was 24-over par on Wednesday is next at 312.

Carleton started on the back nine, which featured seven of the nine-toughest scoring holes at Bay Oaks Country Club on Wednesday. The five Knights were a combined 25-over par on the back but recovered after making the turn and went only 8-over on the front time.

Wang followed up her opening-round 75 with a solid  74. She was even after back-to-back birdies on No. 15 and 16 before bogeying both No. 17 and 18, the two highest scoring holes on the course. In fact, Carleton went a combined 13-over par on just those two holes and was 20-over for the other 16 holes.

Wang parred the first five holes after starting the front nine, bogeyed No. 6 but responded immediately with a birdie at the par-five No. 7. She now has seven birdies for the tournament, tied for the third-highest figure in the 131-player field.

Alyssa Akiyama (Jr./Terrace Park, Ohio/Seven Hills School) was second on the squad with a 6-over 78, her third-best NCAA Championships round. She had a birdie at No. 15 but parred only two holes on the back nine and turned at 5-over par. She added a double bogey at No. 3 but answered with a birdie at No. 4 and added another at No. 8, giving her three red numbers for the day.

For the second time in as many days, Kristin Miyagi (Fy./Honolulu, Hawaii/'Iolani School) and Abby Euyang (So./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) posted identical scores, as both carded 8-over par 80s. The former was 4-over par on both nines, while the latter shook off a back nine 43 with a 1-over par performance on the front nine.

Ayumi Sakamoto (Sr./Honolulu, Hawaii/ʻIolani School) also had a 43 on the back nine but played the front at 2-over par for an 81.

Carleton totaled eight birdies on the day, giving the Knights 18 for the tournament, trailing only overall leader NYU (21).

Wang, Grinnell College first-year Nina Kouchi, and Rhodes College senior Emily Salamy are tied at 5-over par 149. Five other players, including round one leader Bailey Plourde of Centre College, are lurking only one stroke back.

Thursday will see the Knights play alongside Claremont-Mudd Scripps and DePauw with tee times beginning at 12:30 p.m off hole No. 1. Following Thursday’s round, the field will be trimmed to the top 15 squads and the top six individuals not on those teams following the round.

Live scoring will again be available via Golfstat.