Aug. 1, 2012
Powell, Ohio – For the second consecutive day, Notre Dame women’s golfers Ashley Armstrong (So., Flossmoor, Ill.) and Kristina Nhim (Jr., Cypress, Calif.) fired a three-under par 69 and are now tied for first with pairs from South Carolina and Vanderbilt after 36 holes at the Pure Silk Collegiate Team Championship. The tournament, sponsored by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), is being played on the par- 72, 6,306-yard Wedgewood Golf and Country Club.
The back-to-back 69s gives the Irish a six-under par 136 following Wednesday’s round that featured Best Ball play. Notre Dame entered the round with a three-stroke lead after opening with a three-under par 69 in Tuesday’s alternate shot round.
South Carolina’s duo of Meredith Swanson and Sarah Swinehart and Vanderbilt’s Kendall Martindale and Lauren Stratton both shot six-under par 66 for the second round to give them 138 totals heading into Thursday’s final round.
Two strokes behind the three leaders is Iowa’s pair of Kristi Cardwell and Shelby Phillips as they are two strokes behind after shooting 73-67 for a four-under par 140. A pair of teams from Michigan State – Lindsey McPherson and Christine Meier and Liz Nagel and Trisha Witherby are tied for three-under par totals of 141.
Armstrong and Nhim shot an even par 36 on the front nine with Armstrong picking up a pair of birdies on the second and fourth holes to offset bogeys for the team on one and seven. On the back nine, Armstrong picked up one birdie with Nhim recording a pair to go with six pars.
Thursday’s final round will record aggregate scoring. A total of 108 players (54 teams) are playing in the field that is made up of pairs of players from the same schools from all levels of collegiate golf, including Division I, II and III.
The Wedgewood Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole private facility, considered one of the most challenging courses in Central Ohio. Opened in 1991, the golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Tickets to the Team Championship are free and open to the public. Play will begin daily at 8:00 am with tee times starting on both #1 and #10.
Top 10 Teams after 36 holes
1. Notre Dame -6 69-69-138 South Carolina -6 72-66-138 Vanderbilt -6 72-66-1384. Iowa -4 73-67-1405. Michigan State -3 73-68-141 Michigan State (B) -3 73-68-1417. Tennessee -2 78-64-1428. Oklahoma -1 74-69-143 Cincinnati -1 75-68-14310. Five teams tied E 144