Wildcats Move Into Top Five After Second Day at Bryan National Collegiate
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After an extremely windy day of competition, the University Kentucky Women's golf team moved up two spots on the leaderboard and sit in a tie for fifth after 36 holes at the Bryan National Collegiate on Saturday. The Wildcats shot a 14-over-par 302 Saturday and improved their overall score from Friday by two shots.
"Today was another challenging round against very windy conditions," head coach Golda Johansson Borst said. "We really played well for most of the round and then faced some tough holes from 12 through 16. We got out to the lake holes and the wind got the best of us, but we kept our composure and made some birdies coming down the stretch."
Windy course conditions created problems for every team, especially on the back nine, as for the second day in a row no team shot under-par. The host team, No. 13 Wake Forest, is tied for the lead with No. 12 Virginia at 23-over-par 599. The No. 34 Auburn Tigers, in third place at 28-over-par, have Michigan State on their heels in fourth place just a single shot behind. Kentucky is in a three-way tie for fifth at 30-over-par with Southeastern Conference foe No. 18 Vanderbilt and No. 35 Florida State.
Kentucky jumped ahead of No. 30 Notre Dame on the leaderboard to now lead six of the 11 teams ranked in the top 50 as opposed to leading five after Friday's opening round. The Wildcats were one of only six teams to shoot a better team score Saturday than in the first round Friday.
Sophomore Haley Mills and junior Cylia Damerau both moved up the leaderboard Saturday, while junior Sarah Harris held on to her fourth-place ranking.
Harris fired a round of 75 (+3) to bring her two-day total to three-over-par 147. She is only three shots off the lead, which is held by Virginia's Brianna Mao. Fourth place is currently the highest that any Wildcat has placed all season.
Damerau was the individual that made the biggest jump up the leaderboard for the Wildcats Saturday, posting a one-over-par 73 to earn her best score since early February at the UCF Challenge. After Saturday's round, Damerau moved more than 30 spots up the leaderboard to sit just outside the top 50 heading into the final day of play. Her score of 73 was also the second best round of the tournament for Kentucky.
"I am so proud of Cylia for coming back with a great round today," Borst said. "She learned from yesterday and although she got off to a rough start, she decided to dig in and was able to make some birdies that got her confidence going."
Also moving up the leaderboard and getting inside top 25 was Mills, who like Harris, fired a three-over-par 75 Saturday to put her in a tie for 24th at 8-over par for the tournament.
Grace Rose matched her score of 79 from Friday to put her in a tie for 54th with Damerau. Freshman Isabelle Johansson is still in the top 75 after a round of 86 Saturday.
The final day of play will begin Sunday at the Champions Course with an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start as the Wildcats try to grab their second top-five finish this season and possibly an overall individual champion.
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T4. Sarah Harris: 72+75=147 (+3)
T24. Haley Mills: 77+75=152 (+8)
T54. Grace Rose: 79+79=158 (+14)
T54. Cylia Damerau: 85+73=158 (+14)
T75. Isabelle Johansson: 76+86=162 (+18)
T5. Kentucky: 304+302=606 (+30)
Bryan Park Golf (Champions Course)