Led by senior Diana Ramage's even par round of 71, the Tigers shot a +12 score of 296 to move into first place along with the Waves on a day when the rain came early and temperatures didn't get out of the 50s with winds reaching 30 MPH. Coach Kim Evans says that she's very proud of the way her team battled and kept its composure on a day when just two players shot rounds under par.
"The team just held their own today," Evans tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We just kept plugging right away and didn't let mistakes bother us. That is a big key playing in conditions like this. You're going to make mistakes and it's hard to stay focused on each hole, but we did a good job of that today and it moved us up the leaderboard. You just have to be patient and not let it get to you."
Playing solid golf, Ramage was the model of consistency for the Tigers on day two as her round moved her into a tie for first-place individually with Charlotte Mayorkas from UCLA, Dewi Schreefel of USC and Eileen Varga from Pepperdine. Evans says that Ramage just kept going as the conditions worsened and gained shots on the field with a strong finish.
"Diana had very good finish today," Evans says. "We finished on the front today and while everyone was struggling coming in she actually made two birdies (No. 6 and No. 7) and that moved her up the leaderboard in a hurry."
Diana Ramage is tied for the overall lead through two days at the Women's NCAA Championships.
Those same holes have been disaster for fellow Tiger Nicole Hage through two rounds. Although she is just +6 for the tournament after a round of 76 on Wednesday, Hage once again struggled on holes six, seven and eight. Despite being the three shortest holes on the course, Hage has played them in seven over par in two rounds. If she can get through that stretch on Thursday it could be a big day for the Tigers.
Rounding out the scoring for Auburn on Wednesday was Maria Martinez, who shot a 73 and is +3 for the tournament and tied for fifth overall. Abigale Schepperle fired a 77 and is +7 for the week while Margaret Shirley has back-to-back 79's.
Auburn tees off in the afternoon on Thursday with co-leader Pepperdine and UCLA as the Tigers try to take the lead heading into Friday's final round. Highlights of the play at Sunriver can be seen on The Golf Channel with tape delay coverage of round two on Thursday May 19 at 12-2 a.m. CT with a replay from 4-6 p.m. CDT. Friday's coverage will be shown at 12-2 a.m. and a replay from 3-5 p.m. Saturday's schedule will be the same with the original shown at 12-2 a.m. on May 21 with a replay from 3-5 p.m. later that day.