RHODES, Iowa - In slightly improved weather conditions for round two, all teams recorded significant stroke improvements at the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship with Baylor taking over the top spot on the team leaderboard.
The Lady Bears, who have a two-round score of 605 (+29), are trailed by one stroke by host Iowa State and Oklahoma State. The Cyclones and Cowgirls are tied for second with scores of 606 (+30). Baylor tallied a 33-stroke improvement from round one to move from third to first place.
The Bears and Cyclones share a second round score of 2-under-par 286, which is the second-lowest championship score overall, second only to the 285 ISU posted in last year’s second round.
BU was led by freshman Lauren Taylor, who maintained her top position from round one, firing a 4-under-par 68 today. Hayley Davis shot 69, while Laura Lonradi posted a plus-one score of 73. Prima Phuntumabamrung led ISU overall, matching Taylor with a 4-under-par score of 68. Those marks match the third-lowest scores posted in championship history. Taylor and Phuntumabamrung become the fifth and sixth golfers to fire a single-round score of 68 at the Big 12 event.
Day one leader Texas Tech sits in fourth place with a 612 two-round score (+36) and is trailed by three strokes by reigning champion Oklahoma (615, +39). TCU (620, +44) and Texas (624, +48) are sixth and seventh, respectively, while Kansas and K-State round out the final two spots.
All five of the Cyclone golfers shot plus-one or better on the day. Cajsa Persson drained four birdies on the front nine, including three in a row, to finish the day at an even par of 72. It was a 12-stroke improvement for the freshman.
Oklahoma State leads all teams with three players in the top 10. All five Cowgirls shot even or 1-over on the day with Kelsey Vines and Julie Yang leading the way. Vines, the 2012 Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year, had four birdies, shooting an even score of 72 for the second consecutive day. She sits in a tie for seventh and is joined in the top 10 by Yang, who also finished the second round with a par-72 score and four birdies for the third overall spot on the leaderboard.
K-State’s Whitney Pyle recorded one of the best stroke improvements from round one, shooting 16 strokes better than her Friday round. She was 2-over-par today to finish with a score of 74. As a team, the Wildcats matched the championship record for stroke improvement from one round to the next. K-State shot a team score of 306 today, improving by 44 strokes, which was last done in 2001 by Oklahoma.
All teams posted at least an 18-stroke improvement from round one, which featured cold and windy conditions on Friday to open the event. The second round was delayed this morning by two-and-a-half hours due to an overnight frost.
The final round is set to begin as scheduled with an 8 a.m. start on Sunday. The awards ceremony will follow the conclusion of the third round.
1. Baylor, 319-286=605 (+29)
T2. Oklahoma State, 317-289=606 (+30)
T2. Iowa State, 320-286=606 (+30)
4. Texas Tech, 316-296=612 (+36)
5. Oklahoma, 322-293=615 (+39)
6. TCU, 326-294=620 (+44)
7. Texas, 327-297=624 (+48)
8. Kansas, 322-304=626 (+50)
9. K-State, 350-306=356 (+80)