LAS VEGAS – CSU Bakersfield’s women’s golf team opened the Jackrabbit Invitational on Friday with 36 holes of golf as the Roadrunners came up one stroke shy of tying a pair of school records in the second round of action.
“I think everyone on the team will agree that today was disappointing,” said Meghan Thomason, CSUB’s Director of Golf. “We felt like this course set up well for us, but we came out of the gate flat and took a long time to get comfortable out there. By then, the damage was done.”
Thomason went on to give her perspective leading into Saturday’s final round: “There were definitely some standout individual performances, but we left a lot of opportunities out there and didn’t do a good job of finishing the round. We look to rebound tomorrow.”
After sitting at the back of the pack for the majority of the round, the ‘Runners moved up from seventh place to sixth with a first-round total of 318 (+30) strokes. The team score was CSUB’s fourth-best of the season.
Junior Ariel Lee led the way in Friday’s first round with a four-over-par 76. Fellow junior Tori Peers was close behind at 79 while Bakersfield native Julia Stewart came into the clubhouse with an 80. Senior Chandler Bullman and junior April Chang rounded out the scoring four with identical cards of 83 on the first round.
Lee sprinted out of the clubhouse in the second round with two birdies in the first five holes. The native of Singapore held onto her two-under score until a bogey on the 11th. Lee went back to two-under with a birdie on the 13th, but a double bogey followed by two bogeys on 17 and 18 pushed her score up to two-over-par. Lee’s 74 ties her personal best and also ties the second-best single-round score in CSUB history.
The rest of Lee’s teammates also improved in the second round as Peers’ 80 was the only score not counted. Bullman rebounded with a 76 in Round 2 while Stewart and Chang rounded out the scoring four with 78s.
As a team, CSUB’s four-woman score in the second round tallied to 306 (+19), a season-best by one stroke and the second-best 18-hole team score in CSUB history. The 'Runners are currently sixth of seven teams, 13 strokes ahead of Northern Michigan and eight strokes behind South Dakota.
Lee, a junior, is tied for ninth overall after Day 1 with a two-round total of 150 strokes (+6). Peers and Stewart are tied for 24th at 158. Bullman sits at 159 while Chang has a Day 1 total of 160 strokes.
The Roadrunners and the rest of the seven-team field will return to Siena Golf Club on Saturday for one final round of golf. A shotgun start will kick off the round at 8 a.m. Live stats will again be available through GolfStat.com.