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Winding Up For Another Run
Courtesy: CBU  
Release: 05/06/2014
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MANSIFELD, Texas -- California Baptist University has left itself with some work to do on the final day of the NCAA Division II Super West Regional Tournament.

After finishing the first round in third place in the team standings, the Lancers moved back to fifth after the second round at the Walnut Creek Country Club. CBU will look to rally back into the top-three spot it needs to advance to the NCAA Division II Championships.

CBU continued to battle unfavorable, windy conditions in Texas Tuesday, as it carded a 333 to give it a two-day total of 647. The Lancers currently sit 30 strokes off first-place St. Edwards, which is ranked No. 9 in Division II, and 14 off third place Cal State East Bay.

"Balls were just blowing all over the place," head coach John Hackney said of the wind. "This is all day long -- at 8 a.m. the wind was blowing 30 miles an hour and it's still blowing 30 miles an hour now."

Fifth-ranked Tarleton State is currently in the runner-up spot with a 623, while No. 16 Dallas Baptist holds at fourth with a 639. Day three tees off Wednesday at 8 a.m. CDT. 

The 14th-ranked Lancers were still in their top-three position through the first nine, but slipped out on the back nine as two players on CBU’s lineup saw its scores tick up from 10 to 18.

"We played 16-over on the front but 29-over on the back," Hackney said. "If we just played 16 over on the back we'd still be sitting there in third place. We made some mistakes today and fell victim to the wind today. It was blowing 30 miles an hour so if you made a mistake or thought it was blowing harder than it was, you might air mail it." 

While CBU slipped out of a qualifying spot, its leader Tina Yang is still in position to advance. Yang shot a six-over-par 78 Tuesday that gave her a 153 total, putting her in a third-place tie heading into Wednesday.

"Tina played well again, she didn't really have any big holes," Hackney said. "She hit 11 fairways, eight greens and had 30 putts, so it was a good, solid day for her." 

Marvi Monsalve trimmed a stroke off her first-round score, as an 83 Tuesday gave her a 167 two-day total. Nathalie Silva sits with a 162 through the first two rounds after an 86 in the second round. Silva and Monsalve are tied for 21st and 30th on the individual leaderboard headed into the final round.

Kirsten Keyser earned scoring honors for CBU, as she also carded an 86 Tuesday for a 174 total. Like Monsalve, Natalie Park takes a 167 into Wednesday after shooting an 88 for the Lancers in the second round. Park and Keyser hold at 30th and 43rd going into Wednesday.

While CBU fell victim to the wind Tuesday, Hackney said he hopes it will still be there Wednesday. 

"They are calling for high winds again tomorrow, which we are actually happy about because we need to make up some ground," Hackney said. "I told them because the wind's blowing anything can happen. There's no reason we can't go out there and shoot 305 tomorrow."

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