Freshmen keep VU in contention at women's golf regional

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 6:16pm
Staff reports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Freshman Marina Alex had two double bogeys but still shot a team-leading 72 (2-over) on Friday as the Vanderbilt women’s golf team remained among the top eight at the NCAA East Regional.

Alex is tied for second in the individual standings, two strokes behind Alabama’s Camilla Lennarth, with one round remaining.

"Marina was in the same situation a couple weeks ago at the SEC Championship," coach Greg Allan said. "Going into the last day she was (in contention) and she didn't play very well. She'll learn from that experience.

"She's really hitting the ball well right now and making putts."

The Commodores shot a collective 19-over and were tied for third as a team with the University of Tennessee. Their two-round total was 10 shots behind first-place Alabama.

Senior Jacqui Concolino birdied No.s 2-4 , the 11th, 12th and 13th holes of her round and finished 3-over for the day. She followed that run of birdies with four straight bogeys but improved 21 spots into a tie for 46th in the individual standings.

Two other freshman Brooke Goodwin and Andrea Messer, were six strokes back of Alex and tied for 24th.

The top eight teams will earn a spot in the NCAA Championship, May 19-22 at Owings Mill, Md. Georgia is currently eighth, seven shots behind Vanderbilt and Tennessee and two strokes ahead of ninth-place North Carolina.

"There's only nine strokes between us an ninth place," Allen said. "... We have an early tee time (Saturday), which is good. That's what we had (Thursday), and the best scores from (Friday) were from teams that went out early."