CONOVER, N.C. – After finishing the first day as the overall leader, California Baptist University’s Tina Yang stayed in the hunt for an individual title at the NCAA Division II Championships Thursday.
Halfway through the four-day, four-round national tournament, Yang sits in a seven-way tie for eighth place with a two-round total of 148 that’s six-over par and four strokes off the new leader. Barry’s Maria Paola Fiorio took over sole possession of first place with an even-par 71 Thursday, which gives her a 144 total.
Yang’s hot start to the NCAA Division II Championships was cooled Thursday, as she braved a downpour at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa.
“We were lucky to play, they were calling for a washout today and delayed our tee time an hour,” head coach John Hackney said. “Tina really was playing well and I didn’t think she was putting poorly, but she wasn’t hitting it close to the hole on her approaches like she was yesterday.”
While Yang did not have a birdie – after recording seven in the first round – she opened the back nine with six-straight pars. With three holes to go, the rain really started coming down and led to her closing the round with a trio of bogeys.
“Yesterday [Yang] stuck a bunch of shots and had some legit birdie looks, she might have had one or two of those today,” Hackney said. “She’s still playing well and putting well, but the pins were very difficult today.”
Yang will be in the second group to tee off Friday at 8:40 a.m. EDT. The final round will be played Saturday morning.
“She is still playing as well as anybody here and we still have 36 holes," Hackney said, "so there are no worries.”