dglobalnews.com Valenzuela of Stanford on route to NCAA finals
Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Valenzuela of Stanford on route to NCAA finals

Valenzuela of Stanford on route to NCAA finals

The 2017 NCAA women's golf championship in Division I plays out this year at Rich Harvest Farms, just outside of Chicago, with an exciting format leading to the crowning of a winning national champion.

Baylor's 12-over was two strokes back of the best round through two days at the Championships.

Barry is the team leader after the first round with a team total of six-under par, 274.

Her college career isn't done yet.

The semifinals were suspended due to darkness with Stanford's Albane Valenzuela and Arizona State's Monica Vaughn getting ready to tee off on the 18th hole.

First there is the match play portion of the NCAA tournament. Only the top eight teams from stroke play advance to the match play segment of the tournament to play for the championship. No. 8 Duke (+58) is 15 shots back in 19th place, No. 5 Florida State (+59) is 16 strokes behind in 20th place, and No. 2 Alabama (+65) is 22 shot back in 21st place. No. 35 North Carolina (+56) missed the cut by one stroke, followed by No. 11 SC (+59) in 10th place.

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Baylor's 156 pars were fourth-most in the field. Barry University, ranked No. 3 in the nation, carded a 6-under par 274 and takes a two-stroke lead over No. 1 West Florida into Tuesday's second round. Maggie Beth Byers shot 10-over 82 and tied for 126th place at 34-over 250.

Southern Cal holds a 4-1 lead over top-seeded Northwestern as they move through the back nine.

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Vesga and Lee are tied for fifth in the 132-player field with 24 pars over 36 holes.

At the turn onto the front nine, the Gators were down in all five matches, but they continued to fight for the rest of the round.

"Regionals is a pretty nerve-wracking event, and coming down the stretch, they just played solid golf", Robertson said.

Baylor coach Jay Goble said that when his players were out on the course, he didn't know how the scores were shaping up, but that he felt confident that they'd get it done.

Vaughn, a senior, will have to win the 18th on Wednesday morning and then defeat Valenzuela, a freshman, in a playoff to keep Arizona State's hopes alive. And who do you think played against each other?

"We want to play a competitive schedule where we're playing those types of teams throughout the year because ultimately, when you get to the postseason, that's really who you're going to be playing against", Robertson said.

"The takeaway from this season has to be that at the end of the year we're going to have to play a golf course like this so we have to prepare for that".

Monday's final round of stroke play begins at 6:45 a.m. CT for teams in 13th through 24th place and at 11:45 a.m. for teams in first through 12th place.

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