Tucson, Ariz.-After shooting an 80 in the first round of the Wildcat Invitational, Madeleine Ziegert responded in the second round with her best collegiate round, a six-under 66, Monday afternoon at the Wildcat Invitational at the Vistoso Golf Club. The tournament was suspended due to darkness with the Spartans currently in 10th place.
Ziegert currently has the low score of the tournament with her 6-under, 66. After a first round that saw her make just one birdie with six bogeys and a triple bogey, she responded in the second round with no bogeys and six birdies. Ziegert started the round with seven consecutive pars, holes 15-18 and 1-3. She then proceeded to birdie holes 4, 6, 8, 9, 12 and 14. Her hardest birdie may have been on #8 where she made about a 35-footer from the fringe. On her final hole of the day, par-4, 290-yard #14, Ziegert came within inches of recording an eagle.
"On #14, it was getting dark, and I had to wait for the group ahead to finish," said Ziegert. "I decided to go for the green on my tee shot. I hit it super, and it rolled up to about 12 feet from the hole. I knew my eagle putt would break right, so I hit it left and it died right before the hole. I tapped in for my sixth birdie.
"I started hitting it better in the second round," said Ziegert on her improvement from round one to two. "I also changed how I lined up my putts which helped me a lot."
Katrina Delen-Briones shot the low score for the Spartans in the first round with an even-par 72. She started her round with two birdies on her first two holes (#14 and #15) and added another on hole #12. Delen-Briones still has to play her final two holes of the second round and is +2 on her round. She and Ziegert are currently tied for 14th in the individual standings.
Rachelle Reali shot a six-over 78 in the first round and is currently seven-over with one hole remaining in her second round. Tiffany Nichols shot a nine-over 81 in her first round and finished her second round with a 79 for a 160. Jennifer Brumbaugh opened the tournament with an 82 in the first round, but rebounded in the second round as she is currently two-over with one hole remaining.
San Jose State finished the first round at 311, tying for 13th with Northern Arizona. Delen-Briones was tied for 11th after the first round. With four holes remaining in the second round, the Spartans are currently in 10th-place, two strokes ahead of Gonzaga.
"On this course, if you miss the fairways, you end up in the desert, and we did that too much in the first round," said Spartan head coach John Dormann. "We started striking the ball much better in the second round and made birdies (16 in round 2, 9 in round 1.)"
The final three Spartans will finish the second round Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. MST. The final round will begin at 8:15 a.m. MST. Live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com and www.sjsuspartans.com.
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