SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico – The Vanderbilt women’s golf team has plenty of ground to make up Sunday in the final round of the Battle at the Beach.
After struggling to a 12-over-par 300 on Saturday, the Commodores enter the final day of competition 18 strokes off the first-place pace of Ole Miss. Vanderbilt sits in ninth place through 36 holes with a 598 total score.
Junior Louise Yu continued to lead the Commodore contingent Saturday, shooting a second consecutive even-par 72. She is tied for eighth in the medalist competition, five strokes behind Chiara Tamburlini of Ole Miss.
Head coach Greg Allen was disappointed with the Commodores’ second-round result.
“We are playing very un-Vandy like, really not sharp with much of anything. I have liked the way Lou (Yu) is battling,” Allen said. “I just want to see us play the way I know we can play on Sunday.”
Yu made four birdies during her even-par performance. Through 36 holes, the product of Duluth, Georgia, has registered a team-high 10 birdies.
Sophomore Auston Kim and senior Abbey Carlson were the next lowest Commodores. A sophomore from St. Augustine, Florida, Kim went her final nine holes without a birdie in a second straight 2-over-par 74. Carlson opened with a birdie but couldn’t keep the momentum en route to a 3-over-par 75. Kim and Carlson are tied for 22nd and 34th, respectively, in the individual competition.
Junior Virginia Green is tied for 67th individually. She is 12-over-par with a two-day total of 156.
Junior Morgan Baxendale is tied for 75th with a 36-hole total of 17-over-par 161.
Final round action will begin Sunday at 9:30 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.
Battle at the Beach First Round Results
1. Ole Miss 302-278–580. 2. LSU 293-288–581. T-5. Virginia Tech 300-286–586. 4. TCU 299-288–587. 5. Texas Tech 303-291–594. 6. Augusta 303.-292–595. 7. San Jose State 300-296–596. 8. Texas A&M 296-301–597. 9. Vanderbilt 298-300–598. 10. Denver 302-303–605. 11. Nebraska 308-298–606. 12. Missouri 303-304–607. 13. Kansas State 310-300–610. 14. Iowa 312-299–611. 15. Indianapolis 311-302–613. 16. UAB 318-317–635.
T-9. Louise Yu (E) 72-72–144
T-. Auston Kim (+4) 74-74–148
T-34. Abbey Carlson (+6) 75-75–150
T-67. Virginia Green (+12) 77-79–156
T-75. Morgan Baxendale (+17) 78-83–161