Kentucky Improves on Day Two of Central Regional

May 11, 2012

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sparked by a nine-stroke improvement on day two, the University of Kentucky women's golf team jumped three spots, finishing day two of the Central Regional of the NCAA Championship in a tie for 18th. The Wildcats shot a 25-over-par 313 on the second day of competition in Columbus, Ohio to enter the final round at 59-over-par 635.

Southern Cal remains atop the leaderboard, increasing their lead by 11 strokes with a 2-over-par 290 on day two. The Trojans enter the final round of the Central Regional with a 12-stroke lead, sitting at 12-over-par 588. With a 4-over-par 292, Vanderbilt jumped six spots into second at 24-over-par 600. Virginia jumped five spots, sitting in third at 28-over-par 604 following an 8-over-par 296 on Friday while Purdue and Oregon enter the final round in a tie for fourth at 32-over-par 608.

Lisa McCloskey of Southern Cal jumped seven spots to claim the No. 1 individual spot after shooting a 4-under-par 68 on Friday. McCloskey's five birdies leave her at 3-under-par 141 on the tournament. Vanderbilt's Marina Alex dropped one spot to sit in a three-way tie for second with teammate Lauren Stratton and Maria Salinas of Florida State at 1-under-par 143.

Junior Betsie Johnson improved on her first round score by four strokes, shooting a 6-over-par 78. Johnson's three birdies were a tie for a team high, entering the final round in a tie for 73rd at 16-over-par 160. Senior Ashlee Rose also showed improvement, sinking three birdies to finish the day at 6-over-par 78. Rose moved up 15 spots into a tie for 92nd.  

Junior Heather Lott finished her second round of play with a 6-over-par 78, entering the final round of play in a tie for 56th at 13-over-par 157. Junior Ashleigh Albrecht improved seven strokes from day one, sinking one birdie to finish the day at 7-over-par 79. Albrecht moved into a tie for 106th at 21-over-par 165. Sophomore Liz Breed shot an 11-over-par 83 on Friday, entering the final round of play in a tie for 73rd at 16-over-par 160.

The final round of the Central Regional will begin Saturday morning with Kentucky teeing off from the first tee box at 1:25 p.m. in 11 minute intervals. Albrecht will lead off for the Wildcats, followed by Rose, Breed, Johnson and Lott at 2:09 p.m. All times are Eastern.

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Central Regional
Scarlet Course, Columbus, Ohio
Par 72 - 6,264 yards

Second-Round Results
T56. Heather Lott - 79, 78 (+13)
T73. Betsie Johnson - 82, 78 (+16)
T73. Liz Breed - 77, 83 (+16)
T92. Ashlee Rose - 84, 78 (+18)
T106. Ashleigh Albrecht - 86, 79 (+21)