DESTIN, Fla. – Concordia University Wisconsin improved during its second round at the NCAA Division III Championships at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Wednesday. The Falcons shot 11 strokes better than their opening round at the Par 72, 5,831 yards.
CUW carded a 384 and four of its five golfers finished with a lower score than the first round. Freshman Nina Puch (Des Plaines, Ill.) led the team with an 81 and is tied for 61st overall with a 26-over par total (170).
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and the University of Texas-Tyler remained in a tie for first place with a 617 two-day total. Defending and 13-time national champion Methodist University fell into fourth place, while George Fox University and Williams College tied for the lowest team score of the day with a 304.
Laura Lindsey (University of Texas-Tyler) stayed atop the leaderboard with an even-par 72 round, while Kelsey Morrison (George Fox University) is three shots back after shooting a 2-over 74.
Puch drained 11 pars and had six bogeys on Wednesday to move up 16 spots on the leaderboard. She now has 17 pars, 13 bogeys and a birdie after 36 holes of play.
Freshman Emily Stephenson (Ashland, Wis.) improved four strokes after signing for a 96 in the second round. She stroked six pars in the round – five on the front nine – and added five bogeys.
Freshman Madalyn Joannes (Wauwatosa, Wis.) was one shot better during the second round after finishing with a 102 total. She made one par putt and holed seven bogeys.
Freshman Emmy Dill (Bristol, Wis.) showed the most improvement for the Falcons, as she was nine shots better in the second round and ended with a 109. She began the day with four-consecutive bogeys before making a par on the seventh hole.
Freshman Lexi Westphal (Brownsville, Wis.) made six pars and five bogeys on Wednesday before ending with a 105. She shot a 42 on the back nine, which was a 12 shot improvement from the opening round.
The course average on Tuesday with an 84.24, while Wednesday's stroke average was an 85.75. There have been four eagles and 210 birdies recorded, compared to 1,370 bogeys after 36 holes of play.
CUW will start the third round on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. (EDT) and will be golfing with individuals from UW-Stout and Carroll University.