|Buelow Within Striking Range After Day Two|
Columbus, Ohio – With three holes left to play in Friday’s second round at the NCAA Central Regional Tournament, Stetson’s Alexandria Buelow was within one shot of second place.
She finished her second round with three consecutive bogeys, dropping her to sixth going into Saturday’s final round. The top two individual players not on advancing teams will earn a spot at the NCAA Championship. After the second round, Buelow holds down the top individual spot among players not on teams set to advance.
The run of bogeys on the final three holes, which were holes seven, eight and nine for Buelow, left her with a three-over par score of 75. She stands at three over for the tournament, six shots behind tournament leader Lisa McCloskey of Southern California. She posted a four-under par 68 on Friday and is two shots ahead of a group of three players who are at one under for the tournament.
“Overall, I played pretty well,” Buelow said. “The course plays pretty tough. Being behind by 5 shots is doable. I think I need to shoot even par or better tomorrow to have a chance.”
Buelow will get a chance to set the pace early when she tees off in the final round in the sixth group at 8:55 a.m. Her chance to advance to play in the NCAA Championship in Nashville will be determined not only by her play on Saturday, but by which teams finish in the top eight, earning trips to the championship.
Top-seeded Southern Cal fired a team score of two-over 290 on the second day of the tournament and holds a 12-stroke lead on the par 72, 6,264-yard Scarlet Course with a two-day total of 12-over 588.
Vanderbilt and Virginia both soared up the leaderboard to hold second and third place, respectively. The Commodores shot a four-over 292 for a two-day total of 24-over 600. Virginia sits at 28-over 604 following an eight-over 296 on the day.
The rest of the top eight teams includes Purdue, Oregon, Auburn, North Carolina State and Ohio State. Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia and Arkansas are all well within striking distance of the final spot in the top eight.
Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, Buelow said that playing in the regional has been a great experience.
“It has been a lot of fun,” Buelow said. “The course is in incredible shape and the greens are incredibly fast.”