Photo by Mackenzie Kasper, Big Sky Conference
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's golf team posted a second consecutive strong day, remaining in third place but just eight strokes out of the team lead after two rounds of the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championships at Ocotillo Golf Resort on Monday.
"I was very proud of our players today," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "We have a chance and that is all you can ask for. Whether we can catch them or not, I do not know. We have played well and it has been fun."
Sophomore Kaitlen Parsons led the team in the second round with a one-under par 71, tying for the third-best round of the day. Parsons improved to a tie for sixth overall with a two-day total of 146. Junior Stephanie Kim joined Parsons at two-over par after a two-over par 74 in the second round.
"I battled on the back side from a couple errors and came back towards the end," said Parsons. "Overall I hit the ball very well and my putting came on strong towards the end."
Parsons posted an even-par 36 on the front side with one birdie and a bogey over the first nine holes. After back-to-back bogeys at the 10th and 11th holes, she responded with a birdie at 13. She posted another bogey at 14 but finished with two birdies on the final two holes.
"Our team has worked really hard," said Parsons. "It is easier to chase than keep the lead and I know we can do it tomorrow."
Freshman Laura Jabczenski is 11th overall after posting a 76 on Monday to go with a one-over par 73 in the first round.
Sacramento State leads the team standings after a 291 in the second round, moving ahead of Northern Colorado by two strokes. NAU stands eight back of the Hornets and six behind the Bears.
Lexie Hall of Sacramento State leads the tournament by two strokes at three under par through 36 holes. Portland State's Tiffany Schoening and Northern Colorado's Chelsea Silvers are tied for second at one under-par 143.
The third and final round will be played on Tuesday morning. The Lumberjacks tee off starting at 8 a.m. while playing with Sacramento State and Northern Colorado.
1. Sacramento State 296-291 587 +11
2. Colorado 290-299 589 +13
3. Northern Arizona 298-297 595 +19
4. Montana 303-301 604 +28
5. Portland State 312-295 607 +31
6. Weber State 306-302 608 +32
7. Montana State 311-313 624 +48
8. Eastern Washington 314-323 637 +61
9. Idaho State 334-332 666 +90
T6. Stephanie Kim 72-74 146
T6. Kaitlen Parsons 75-71 146
11. Laura Jabczenski 73-76 149
T21. Susana Mejia 78-76 154
T29. Melissa Olson 78-79 157