Mesa, Ariz.-With her best round of the season, Spartan women's golfer Madeleine Ziegert shot a 67 in the second round of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championships. San Jose State ended the second round with a one-shot lead over New Mexico State at 590 after shooting a 288 Saturday.
Ziegert tied her best single-round score with her 67, a score she also shot in the first round of the 2010 NCAA West Regional where she shared the individual title. Ziegert finished her round with one eagle, three birdies and a bogey and is currently three under for the tournament. She has a one-shot lead over Kayla Mortellaro of Idaho who shot a 72 on Saturday. Ziegert leads the tournament field in par-5 scoring at four under and in birdies with seven.
In Saturday's round, Ziegert made her second collegiate eagle of her career on the par 5, 15th hole. She also had birdies on holes one, nine and 12.
"On the 15th, I hit a good drive and laid up the ball on my second shot right before the bunkers," said Ziegert. "I had about 110 yards to go to the pin in the back left corner of the green. It is a two-tiered green, so I hit a 9-iron and saw the ball bounce on the tier but not go into the hole. The fans around the hole started cheering which was the only way I knew it went in.
"I started my round solid today with a birdie that helped keep me calm. After my bogey on four, I knew I had to keep the positive attitude I am trying to use for every shot. On the ninth hole, I hit a 35-foot putt for birdie. Then, on the 12th, I came within a foot of an eagle on that hole. I was close on many shots and had some putts lip-out."
Two other Spartans tied or shot her best round of the season. Jennifer Brumbaugh shot an even-par 71, tying her best round and is tied for fifth place at 148. In her 18 holes, she recorded a birdie on the 10th hole and a bogey on the ninth hole. Otherwise, she played par golf for 16 holes and leads the tournament with 28 pars.
Playing in her first WAC tournament, freshman Rachelle Reali shot her best score of her young collegiate career with a one-over par 72. She started her round with a birdie on hole two, but consecutive bogeys on three, four and five and another on nine put her at 3-over par through nine holes. Reali rebounded in her final nine holes, making birdies on 15 and 17 and making pars on the other seven holes.
Katrina Delen-Briones shot a 78 on Saturday with two birdies in her round and is currently tied for ninth individually. Jody Ho shot an 83 with a birdie on the 15th hole.
San Jose State takes a one-shot lead over New Mexico State into Sunday's final round. The Aggies shot the best round of the day at 286 for a 591 followed closely by the Spartans' 288 on the day and 590 for the tournament. The next-closest team is Nevada, 22 shots behind at 613.
"Maddie played solid today, and Jen and Rachelle had their best rounds of the year," said Spartan head coach John Dormann. "We need Kat and Jody to play better for us tomorrow. We have been in this situation before and should know what to do. Tomorrow, we can only control our first tee shot and make sure we get it in the fairway. After that, anything can happen."
Final round action begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m., PDT. The Spartans begin teeing off at 8:50 a.m. PDT, with live scoring at www.golfstat.com.
Longbow Golf Club, Mesa, Ariz.
Par 71, 6,121 yards
1. San Jose State 590
2. New Mexico State 591
3. Nevada 613
4. Hawaii 616
5. Boise State 619
5. Idaho 619
7. Fresno State 623
1. Madeleine Ziegert, San Jose State 72-67-139
2. Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho 68-72-140
3. Apinporn Swaschuto, New Mexico State 73-72-145
4. Demi Mak, New Mexico State 74-73-147
5. Lauren Bowerman-Ritchie, New Mexico State 77-71-148
5. Jennifer Brumbaugh, San Jose State 77-71-148
San Jose State Results
9. Katrina Delen-Briones 73-78-151
12. Rachelle Reali 80-72-152
32. Jody Ho 82-83-165
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