LAKEWOOD, Wash. — The Utah Valley University women's golf team carded a 15-over-par 299 during Friday's second round to enter Saturday's final round of the 2019 WAC Women's Golf Championship just two strokes back of the host Seattle U Redhawks for the tournament lead.
UVU, which held the tournament lead after Thursday's opening round, will enter the final round with a two-round total of 20-over-par 588 (289-299) and currently in third place. New Mexico State is one shot and spot ahead of Utah Valley for second place with a 19-over 587 (293-294), while Seattle U leads the conference championship with an 18-over-par 586 (292-294). UVU's two round total of 588 is the second-best 36-hole score in program history and just one back of the school record of 587.
Junior Kaylee Shimizu moved up three spots on the individual leaderboard after carding an even-par 71 on Friday to enter a three-way tie atop the individual standings. Shimizu sits at even par (142) for the event after carding a pair of 71s. After posting a trio of birdies during Thursday's opening round, Shimizu continued her stellar tournament with four more birdies on Friday to move into a tie for first place at the WAC Championship. Shimizu's two-round tally of even-par 142 ties her previous outing at the Hawaii Anuenue Spring Break Classic last month for the best 36-hole score in UVU history.
Two-time All-WAC performer and senior Carly Dehlin Hirsch as well as freshman Nathalie Irlbach will enter the final day in the top 10 of the tournament, as they both are currently tied for 10th at 7-over-par (149) at the championship event. After posting a 1-over-par 72 on Thursday, Dehlin Hirsch recorded a 6-over 77 on Friday to drop two spots into 10th place, while Irlbacher moved up five spots on Friday after posting scores of 74 and 75 over rounds one and two to enter a tie for 10th place.Comment on this story
Shimizu will enter Saturday's final round in a three-way tie for first with NM State's Dominique Galloway and Seattle's Vendela From at even par (142).
The 2019 WAC Women's Golf Championship is being contested at Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood, Washington.
The tournament's final round will get underway on Saturday at 9 a.m. MT/8 a.m. PT. UVU will tee-off in the final group beginning at 10:40 a.m. MT/9:40 a.m. PT. Live scoring will be available by visiting GolfStat.com.
The winning team will receive an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Championships.