Tigers Struggle Again In NCAA Golf Day Two

For a second day in a row, the women's golf team got off to a slow start at the NCAA championship in Auburn, Wash.

Auburn, Wash.--Auburn dropped from fourth to 12 after the second round of the NCAA Women's Golf Tournament despite a three-under-par 69 from junior Danielle Downey.

The top-ranked Tigers are 17 strokes off the pace being set by Arizona, which shot a 296 on Wednesday after firing a 285 on Tuesday. Auburn has rounds of 298 and 300 and is 22 strokes over par. The 72-hole tournament is scheduled to run through Friday.

Danielle Downey is in sixth place individually following a strong round on Wednesday at the Washington National Golf course.

Auburn struggled on the front nine on Wednesday, going 11-over-par before regrouping to finish at 12-over-par for the day.

"We just got off to another slow start, but we came back strong on our last nine," Coach Kim Evans said. "Danielle had a fabulous day with her 69. We just need to regroup and come back out and play. That's all we can do."

Downey moved up from 19th to sixth place in the individual competition with a 69, which matched her best round of the season. Her round featured one eagle, three birdies and two bogeys. She then eagled the par 5 first hole from 31 yards out after bouncing it into the hole.

Danielle Downey

"I just kept getting stronger and stronger as the round went on," Downey said. "I started off a little slow, but then my putts began to fall and I started feeling good around the ninth, 10th and 11th holes. I lipped out eight putts in a span of nine holes in the first round, but made half of them today. We aren't in the position we would like to be in, but we can't worry about the past. We just need to come out tomorrow and do what we know we can do. We are going to keep fighting. You can count on that."

Junior All-American Celeste Troche shot a three-over-par 75 after Tuesday's even par 72 to end her streak of seven consecutive rounds of par or better.

Senior All-SEC Courtney Swaim and sophomore Diana Ramage each shot 78. Ramage has a two-day total of 10-over-par 154 and is in 81st place while Swaim is at 11-over 155 in 94th place. Freshman Kingsley Barrett shot a 79 after a first round 84 and is in 84th place.

Duke is in second place at 587, seven shots of Arizona's pace. Georgia and Oklahoma are tied for third at 588 and are followed by Florida at 589.

Summer Simmons of Georgia and Duke's Virada Nirapothpongporn are tied for the individual lead at 137.

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