Michigan State Golfer Caroline Powers Tied for 17th After Two Rounds at NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

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Sophomore shoots a 4-over 76 in Thursday’s second round.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Sophomore shoots a 4-over 76 in Thursday’s second round. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

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BRYAN, Texas – Michigan State sophomore Caroline Powers shot a 4-over 76 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships on Thursday and is tied for 17th place through 36 holes with a score of 146 (+2). The four-round, 72-hole event is being hosted by Texas A&M at the Traditions Club.

Powers entered today’s action tied for second on the leaderboard after carding a 2-under 70 in Wednesday’s first round.

On Thursday, Powers began on the front nine of the course, as opposed to the back nine like yesterday. She bogeyed four of her first seven holes, but closed out the front nine with pars on eight and nine to stand at 3-over 39 while making the turn. Powers did record a birdie on the par 4, 391-yard No. 3 hole.

On the back nine, Powers started out with a bogey on the par 5, 519-yard No. 10 hole. She followed that up with her best stretch of the day, however, as she carded pars on holes No. 11-13 and then a birdie on the par 4, 365-yard 14th. Powers bogeyed 15 and closed out her round with three straight pars to finish at 1-over 37 for the back nine and 4-over 76 for the day.

Powers is one of six golfers competing as an individual at the tournament. The 24-team field is currently led by UCLA by three strokes. LSU’s Austin Ernst shot a 66 on Thursday and sits atop the individual leaderboard with a 6-under 138 (72-66).

A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, Powers entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 27 in the nation by Golfweek. She had a scoring average of 73.71, which is on pace to establish a new MSU single-season record, set just last year by All-American and Big Ten Golfer of the Year Laura Kueny (73.85). Powers is making her first career appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Powers will tee off at 9:55 a.m. ET Friday on hole No. 10 for round three along with Florida State’s Jessica Negron and Tulane’s Maribel Lopez Porras. Live scoring will be available at NCAA.com