Pagdanganan And NCAA Field Complete Round Two At Rich Harvest Farms
May 21, 2017
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – Bianca Pagdanganan shot a second-round 81 on Sunday, as the Saturday round at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms was cancelled due to weather and moved to Sunday.
All 24 teams and 12 individuals in the tournament will compete again on Monday, with the pairings for that round being determined by their 36-hole score (leaders in the afternoon wave). The stroke play portion of the championship will culminate with the individual medalist being determined following the 54 holes. The field will then be cut to the top eight teams which advance to the match play quarterfinals.
Pagdanganan currently sits in a tie for 85th place at +17 overall (161).
She started on the back nine Sunday and got off to a tough start with a double bogey on 10. She bounced back to par the par-five 11th, but ran into bogeys on 12 and 14, with a par on the par-three 13th. She rolled home a par on the par-four 15th, before getting snagged by a double bogey on 16 and bogey on 17. She finished the back nine with a par on the par-five 18th to go +7.
“Bianca got off to a slow start on the greens this morning and really struggled for her first seven or eight holes,” Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said.
She kept the pars going into the front nine with a par on the par-four first. She went on to pick up her first birdie of the day at the par-five second, and then parred the par-three third to start her second nine in great fashion.
“She then found a flow from 18 through the fourth hole, playing at one-under through those holes,” Rickel said.
Pagdanganan picked up another par on the par-four fourth, before bogeying the fifth and sixth holes. After bogeying hole number seven, she finished with pars on the par-four eighth and par-four ninth to go +2 on the back, her best nine-hole score of the tournament.
“She made a few more bogeys coming in, but the course and conditions are very difficult,” Rickel said. “These are the best teams in the country and more than half of them have a team score of 48 over or more. She will continue to battle and we look forward to our final round tomorrow.”
Jennifer Kupcho, an individual from Wake Forest, leads the field at even-par, the only player at even par. August Kim of Purdue is one stroke back with two tied at +2, and five more within five shots of the lead. Northwestern maintained their team lead at +10, six strokes ahead of Kent State. Nobody in the field is averaging below par on the par-four holes and only Kupcho has double-digit birdies with 10.
Pagdanganan will tee off tomorrow in the final round at 5:40 am PST with Martina Edberg of CSU Fullerton and Gara Gorlei of Arkansas.
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