MISSION HILLS, Kan. – The Roadrunner women’s golf team improved its first-day score by three strokes in Round 2 of the Western Athletic Conference Championship. CSU Bakersfield sits in fifth place, but is still in the hunt after freshman Macey Mills paced the ‘Runners on Thursday.
“Macey played well today,” said Meghan Thomason, CSUB’s Director of Golf. “She really came through for the team. We are supposed to get some weather tomorrow, so the golf course will definitely play differently. It’s all about mental toughness and confidence at this point and this group is the most relaxed and confident I’ve seen them all season.”
Mills, a native of Bakersfield, Calif., struggled on the front nine, posting five bogeys en route to a five-over-par performance. Junior Tori Peers led the ‘Runners through the first nine holes at one-over. Mills stormed through the back nine, posting a pair of birdies to go one-under and finish with a four-over-par 74 to pace the ‘Runners on Day 2.
Peers wrapped up the round with a 75, one stroke better than on Day 1. Junior Ariel Lee finished tied for third for CSUB at 79 (+9) while junior Julia Stewart improved her Day 1 score by three strokes to tie with Lee. Senior Chandler Bullman also improved by three strokes with a second-round score of 83 (+13), but her score was dropped.
As a team, CSUB improved by three strokes with a four-woman score of 307 on Thursday. The ‘Runners have a two-day total of 617 strokes and currently sit just one stroke behind fourth-place Utah Valley. CSUB is also a mere four strokes back of second-place UMKC while only 11 strokes stand between the ‘Runners and WAC leader New Mexico State.
Individually, Peers has a narrow, one-stroke lead on Lee as the CSUB leader. Peers, a native of Grand Island, Neb., has a 36-hole total of 151 strokes (+11) and is tied for fifth overall, just five strokes behind a pair of tournament leaders. Lee’s 152 strokes (+12) is also in the top ten as the native of Singapore is tied for eighth.
Mills has the third-best two-day total for CSUB with 153 strokes and is currently tied for 12th. Stewart came into the clubhouse fourth for the 'Runners at 161 while Bullman has taken 169 strokes.
The Roadrunners and the rest of the conference will return to Indian Hills Country Club on Friday for the third and final round of the WAC Championship. Once again, CSUB will start teeing off at 8:40 a.m. (CT) with staggered starts every 10 minutes.