April 18, 2014
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Thanks to three players carding 76s or better, Seton Hall extended its lead at the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Golf Championships presented by NEW YORK LIFE on the Hills Course at the LPGA International here Friday.
Saturday's schedule is set to begin with tee times at 7:30 a.m., up 30 minutes from the originally scheduled 8 a.m. start because of concerns surrounding potential weather delays and team travel considerations. Rain is in the morning forecast, though conditions are expected to improve by midday.
The Pirates, who led second-place Georgetown through 18 holes, grew the lead to 13 strokes after all five of its student-athletes improved upon their first-round tallies. The fourth-year varsity program now has a beat on its first BIG EAST crown and accompanying automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
On the individual leaderboard, St. John's senior Harin Lee carded her second-straight 74 and has a 36-hole total of 148. She leads the field at 4-over for the tournament.
Megan Tenhundfeld, who shot a 79 Thursday, carded a 1-over-par 73 Friday and sits in a four-way tie for second on the individual leaderboard. She tied for the second round's lowest score with Georgetown's Mackenzie Boydston, who also opened the tournament with a first-round 79. Boydston and Tenhunfeld are tied with Seton Hall's Alison Kruse and Butler's Jenna Peters for second with an 8-over 152 for the tournament. Kruse and Peters both shot 74s Friday.
Though winds were generally lighter Friday than during Thursday's first round, the student-athletes faced another element - rain. A brief thundershower interrupted the second round just past the halfway point for approximately 90 minutes. Players had begun the day with a shotgun start at 7:45 a.m. Eastern in anticipation of potential delays.
Seton Hall's team total checks in at a 40-over 616, while the Hoyas are at 629 (+53). Xavier and St. John's are tied for third at 635 (+59), while Butler and Creighton are knotted for fifth at 646 (+70).
Georgetown will try to rebound from a Friday in which just two of its five posted lower second-round scores. Jenny Xiao trailed Lee by two strokes after Thursday, but carded an 80 Friday to fall eight shots off the lead. In addition to Boydston improving by six strokes Friday, Patricia Lee carded a second-round 76 following Thursday's 81. She's tied for ninth at 13-over with a 36-hole 157.
All six teams lowered their scores Friday, with the Pirates leading the way with a 12-stroke improvement. Butler was better on the second day by eight shots, while Xavier improved by seven, Georgetown and St. John's by five and Creighton by two.
Xavier pulled into a tie for third with St. John's with Abigail Smith's 3-over 75 leading the way for the Musketeers in the second round, a nine-shot improvement from Thursday. Shane Crutchfield carded a 76 and is tied for ninth at 13-over, nine shots off the pace.
Lee's 74 once again led St. John's, who also saw Anna Kim card a 79. Jennifer Neville (second-round 81) and Stephanie Eybers (81) both improved their scores from Thursday.
Rachel Thompson paced Creighton Friday with a 6-over 78. Teammate Kelsey Peterson still owns the Bluejay lead with a 15-over 159 through 36 holes after shooting 79 Friday.
Peter's 74 led all Butler players, and her two-round total of 152 is tops among the Bulldogs. Isabella Lambert (81) and Ali Restaino (81) both went lower Friday.