Weber Posts Career Day; Leads #NCAAGolf Championship
|NCAA Championship – Round 2|
|Saturday, May 21|
|Tournament Information: Notes • Photo Gallery • Live Stats|
EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman Dewi Weber continued her memorable postseason play on Saturday as she fired a career-low 66 and in the process took the overall individual lead at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
Weber owns a two-round total of 135 and is nine-under-par for the tournament. She holds a one-stroke advantage over Tennessee’s Anna Newell, who currently sits in second place.
“I felt pretty confident out there today,” Weber said. “I try to not focus on anything else other than that single stroke that I am on and that has been working well for me. I don’t need to push anything, I just need to keep doing what I’ve been doing so far.”
Weber’s second round 66, which catapulted her to the top of the leaderboard, was just one stroke shy of tying the NCAA Championship and Miami record for the lowest score in one round.
“It was exciting, I couldn’t keep my phone out of my pocket because every time I looked at the scores Dewi made another birdie, then she made an eagle, so she was really hot out there today,” said head coach Patti Rizzo.
Weber’s second round performance also marked just the second time this season a Miami player has shot a 66 (Delfina Acosta, Sept 14).
The Neatherlands native was absolutely dominant as she totaled nine pars, six birdies and one spectacular eagle shot, which propelled her into the individual tournament lead.
Weber’s eagle came on the par five, 474-yard, seventh hole thanks to a pinpoint approach shot, which found the bottom of the cup from approximately 80 yards out. Her eagle on seven was the Hurricanes’ second eagle of the day. Earlier in the day, senior Kailey Walsh carded an eagle on hole No. 17.
As a team, the Hurricanes jumped up two spots and are currently tied for 19th (591), heading into the third round. Miami is just four strokes from cracking into the top 15. The top 15 schools advance to the fourth round on Monday.
“It’s great that we have a chance tomorrow,” Rizzo said. “We’re in contention to make the first cut and that’s our goal for now. Then our next goal is to make the next cut. We just have to take it one step at a time.”
Junior Daniela Darquea saw a three-shot improvement to her scorecard in round two as she carded a 73. She enters the third round with a two-round total of 149 and is tied for 80th.
Walsh, freshman Luiza Altmann and Acosta posted rounds of 76, 77 and 78, respectively to round out the Hurricanes’ top five.
Miami returns to action tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 4:06 p.m. EST. Live stats can be found by visiting golfstat.com.
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