May 21, 2014
TULSA, Okla. -- Sophomore Elizabeth Szokol was the Northwestern leader during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Wednesday at the Tulsa Country Club. The Winnetka, Ill., native recorded an eagle on the par-5 16th hole and had a strong finish to the round with three pars, two birdies and an eagle to finish at 3-under 67 for the round.
She cut nine strokes off her first-round score (6-over 76) and made a large jump in the individual standings as she is now tied for 14th at 3-over 143. Entering Wednesday, Szokol was tied for 54th.
Szokol countered nearly every bogey with a birdie throughout the round. She began the day on the first tee and was even through three with a par, bogey and birdie. After a bogey on the fifth hole, she rebounded with a birdie on seven and had four additional pars to wrap up the front nine even. To start the back nine, she once again went bogey-birdie on 10 and 11 and had one final bogey on 12 before her stellar finish to the round.
Szokol is tied for 14th with sophomore Suchaya Tangkamolprasert who also had a solid round for the Wildcats at 1-over 71, cutting a stroke off her first round score of 2-over 72, which led NU on day one.
Tangkamolprasert had 15 pars on the day, including four-straight to start the round. After a bogey on the fifth hole, she recorded three more pars before her second bogey of the day on nine to wrap up the front nine at 2-over. Tangkamolprasert then put an exclamation point on the round with eight pars and a birdie on 17 to finish the round at 1-over.
After battling consistent winds close to 25 mph on Tuesday, the wind was still blowing on Wednesday but not nearly as strong as the first round. With more favorable conditions on Wednesday, each Wildcat improved upon their score from Tuesday.
Junior Hana Lee eliminated five strokes from the first round, carding a 5-over 75 on Wednesday. She had 12 pars, including seven on the back nine. Freshman Kacie Komoto recorded a 6-over 76 Wednesday, shaving a stroke off Tuesday’s score while sophomore Kaitlin Park also recorded a 76. She made a 10-stroke improvement from the first round.
As a team, Northwestern is in 15th place out of the 24-team field at 34-over 594. The Wildcats carded a 9-over 289 during the second round, an improvement on Tuesday’s 305. NU is a stroke behind Vanderbilt, three behind NC State and four away from Alabama and Ohio State who are tied for 10th. Oklahoma continues to lead the field at 15-over 575.
The third round of the 72-hole 2014 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships takes place Wednesday in Tulsa. Tee times are available here.
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