Courtesy of UC Davis Athletics
UC Davis senior Andrea Wong battled back from an opening-round 77 to shoot a 2-over 74 on Saturday and move up seven spots on the leaderboard at the NCAA Div. I Women's Golf Championship being hosted by the University of Oregon at Eugene Country Club.
Wong's second-round score put her in a tie for 94th at 7 over. Sunday's third round will determine the 15 teams and 12 players not on one of those advancing teams that will advance to Monday's fourth round.
Wong, a three-time All-Big West first-team honoree, played 1-under golf over her final 14 holes after three early bogeys put her 3 over after just four holes. But she strung together four straight pars and then a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole to make her turn 2 over. She had two more bogeys and was 4 over before going 2 under the rest of the way.
"Andrea really dug her heels in today and stayed in her round," said head coach Anna Temple. "She birdied two of her last four holes which really showed her persistence and resiliency. The course is scorable so continuing to make improvements is key. She made three birdies today and that will need to continue to have a chance to advance to the final round.
"Andrea is very capable of putting a good number out there and she's very excited to get out there tomorrow and put some good shots together."
Miami's Dewi Weber is 9 under and has a one-shot lead over Anna Newell of Tennessee. Six players are within three shots of the lead. Second-ranked USC is 7 under and leads No. 13 Washington by five shots in the team race. They're the only teams under par through 36 holes.
Wong, who captured the NCAA Stanford Regional to punch her ticket to the national finals, will tee off the third round from the 10th hole at 12:55 p.m. on Sunday. She'll play with Olivia Carson of Louisville and Bianca Pagdanganan of Gonzaga.