Women’s Golf Improves to Ninth at Rio Verde Invitational

Women’s Golf Improves to Ninth at Rio Verde Invitational

RIO VERDE, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's golf team improved to ninth place overall after shooting a 312 in the second round helped by a trio of rounds in the 70s for a two-day total of 633. The Lumberjacks are eight back of tournament host Western Michigan in eighth place and lead Wichita State by one stroke.

For the second consecutive round, freshman Laura Jabczenski led the team. She posted a four-over par 75 and ranks tied for 10th with a two-day total of 151. Her round includes 14 pars and four bogeys on the day. Sophomore Kaitlen Parsons and junior Stephanie Kim both carded rounds of 77, ranking 37th and 42nd overall in the individual standings.

Freshmen Darian Spivey and Susana Mejia each recorded an 83 in the second round.

Akron leads the tournament for the second straight day after a 298 in the second round but Penn State cut into their lead with a 294. They trail by just a single stroke entering the final round. Missouri State, Kansas and Texas A&M Corpus Christi round out the top five teams.

Kelsey Welber of Missouri State leads the individual field at 146, five strokes ahead of Jabczenski.

The third and final round will be played on Sunday morning, starting with a shotgun at 8 a.m. NAU will play with Western Michigan and Arkansas Little Rock, looking to improve their overall standings.

Melissa Olson played as an individual and shot an 80 after an 89 in the first round.