April 28, 2006
INDIAN SPRINGS, Ohio -
The Ohio women's golf team got off to a solid start Friday at the 2006 Mid-American Conference Championships and finished the opening round in second place but slipped to fourth by the end of the second round.
With a team score of 617 (302-315), the Bobcats trail tournament leader Kent State by 33 strokes but are just three strokes behind second-place Toledo. All eight teams at the three-day event will play another 18 holes on Saturday before Sunday's final round on the 5,822-yard, par-72 course at Walden Ponds Golf Club, just north of Cincinnati.
Ohio senior Ana Brown (West Chester, Ohio) tied her career-low with a 71 in the second round to move into a tie for second place at 146 (75-71), which was one stroke better than her previous career best for 36 holes. She is just four strokes behind Kent State's Tara Delaney for the individual lead.
Fellow senior Julie Tomlinson (Noblesville, Ind.) followed up a team-best 73 in the opening round with an 81 in the second round to tie her for 13th at the tournament's midway point. Both Bobcat seniors are battling through injuries - a leg injury for Brown and a shoulder injury for Tomlinson - in their final collegiate event.
Ohio juniors Shanna Siefke (Toledo, Ohio) and Kristen Mautz (Upper Arlington, Ohio) are tied for 21st with scores of 159 while classmate Meredith Waterston (Bloomington, Minn.) is tied for 34th out of 40 competitors at 164 (79-85).
With all five of its players in the top 10, Kent State leads the tournament with a team score of 584 (295-289). The Golden Flashes have won all seven conference titles since the MAC began hosting a women's golf championship in 1999. The Bobcats have finished runners-up to Kent State five of those seven times.
Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Complete results will be posted at ohiobobcats.com following the conclusion of each round.