WITT PUSHES JAGUARS TO SECOND ON DAY TWO OF SUMMIT CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 23, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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KELLER, Texas - IUPUI junior Kelli Witt picked an opportune time to match the best round of golf of her collegiate career, carding a second round 74 at The Summit League Championships at Sky Creek Ranch on Tuesday (Apr. 22). With Witt leading the way, the Jaguars posted a second round 314 and climbed to second heading into Wednesday's final round.
Denver leads the eight-team field at 595 and IUPUI is second at 638. North Dakota State is third at 639 and South Dakota State is fourth at 645.
"I'm very proud of Kelli Witt and Lauren Mains today. That was probably their two best rounds of the season," Head Coach John Andrews said. "They're doing the right things, in playing one shot at a time. The reason we're in second place is because (Witt & Mains) played well today.
"I've been telling people for months that we could finish anywhere from second to seventh. The league is tightly bunched from two through seven. We've played Western Illinois and IPFW close all year and the computers tell us we're close to North Dakota State."
Witt started strong and never cooled off, aside from a two-hole stretch at the close of her first nine. After opening with seven straight pars, Witt made double bogey on the par-3 17th and followed with a bogey on 18. However, she righted the ship and rattled off six more pars before making birdie on No. 7 for the second straight day. She ended her round with back-to-back pars for a 1-under 35 on the second nine and 2-over 74 for the day, placing her fourth overall.
"I pretty much went into (the round) not thinking about it at all," Witt said. "My goal today was every three holes to be 1-over. That helped keep me in it mentally. I tried to keep relaxed and not think about my score so much and to concentrate on every stroke counting for the team score."
Witt credited her work with the putter helping her make 15 pars.
"My lag putting really stood out," she said. "I was giving myself really good par opportunities."
Junior Lauren Mains cracked 80 for the first time this season, ending her round at 7-over 79 on Tuesday. The Findlay, Ohio-native started slowly and was 6-over after five holes. However, she went even par 36 on her second nine, including a birdie on No. 3.
"Every stroke counted today," Mains said. "I started off pretty rocky and had a realization that I'm not that kind of player. I wanted to contribute to our team score and our team success. I had to kind of grind it out today, but that's part of it."
Senior Ana Fernandez de Mesa finished her round at 8-over 80, mixing 10 bogeys with two birdies on Tuesday. The Second Team All-Summit Leaguer is currently tied for eighth overall at 157 (77-80).
Freshman Erin Ingram ended up at 9-over 81 and junior Olivia Kuss shot a 91.
The Jaguars leapfrogged both North Dakota State and South Dakota State to move into Wednesday's final grouping, despite coming in as the No. 7 seed. IUPUI will begin play off the first tee at 9:00 a.m., playing with NDSU and Denver.
1. Denver - 295-300=595 (+19)
2. IUPUI - 324-314=638 (+62)
3. North Dakota State - 319-320=639 (+63)
4. South Dakota State - 321-324=645 (+69)
5. Western Illinois - 325-325=650 (+74)
6. Fort Wayne - 329-328=657 (+81)
7. South Dakota - 330-337=667 (+91)
8. Omaha - DNF-343
4. Kelli Witt - 78-74=152 (+10)
t-8. Ana Fernandez de Mesa - 77-80=157 (+13)
t-19. Erin Ingram - 83-81=164 (+20)
22. Lauren Mains - 86-79=165 (+21)
t-36. Olivia Kuss - 87-91=178 (+34)