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NAU Golf Battling Back in Chandler

Photo courtesy of Jason Wise.

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University's women's golf team completed day two of competition at the Big Sky Championships. NAU's (313-305) improved play allowed for them to move up in standings, going into the final round tied for third place with the Bobcats of Montana State.

"We definitely played much better," said head coach Brad Bedortha. "We got some help from the other teams but it didn't really make up much ground. We will need to play a phenomenal round tomorrow which will be tough, very possible but tough."

Kaitlen Parsons (72-74) continues her onslaught here at the Ocotillo Golf Resort. The senior shot another great round as she was just two over par on the day. Parsons is currently in second place, just two shots behind Portland State's A Ram Choi. Parsons will be looking to finish the tournament with another stellar performance as she strives for an individual Big Sky title.

"Kaitlen obviously played well," said Bedortha. "With this possibly being her last tournament, it has been great to watch her play the way she has. For her to be just two shots out of the lead is great."

The Lumberjacks as a whole showed tremendous improvement on the second day of the tournament shooting eight shots better than the opening day.

Susana Mejia tied her season-best round as she was three over par with a 75. The junior's performance was a three-shot improvement from yesterday's round. Mejia sits in 11th place going into the final day and will be looking to finish strong in order improving on last season's 35th place finish.

Newcomers, Jacquie LeMarr (81-77) and Brittany McKee (81-79), also stepped up for NAU as they look to stay within arm's reach of another Big Sky title.

LeMarr bounced back from a rough first day with a solid performance. The sophomore was able to finish the second round in impressive fashion, shooting one over par through the back-nine. LeMarr is currently tied for 28th place.

Like LeMarr, McKee was able to get into a rhythm during the back-nine holes, shooting just two over par on holes10-18. The junior's second round score of 79 was a two-shot improvement from her first round and leaves her in 32nd place.

Rounding out the group was JoJo Sottile (84-81) whose play also improved. The freshman performed three shots better, posting a second round of 81 on the day.

NAU received some help from the frontrunners in the tournament. Portland State (299-306), Montana State (305-313) and Montana (306-314) all shot higher rounds on day two of play.

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