Park’s 66 Keeps Texas A&M Women in the Hunt at NCAA Regional

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

By: Brandon Collins, Athletics Communications

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Texas A&M women’s golfer Jennie Park stood in sole possession of first place after posting a 6-under 66 in round two and has the Aggies in fifth place at the NCAA Franklin Regional at the Vanderbilt Legends Club on Tuesday.

Park (69-66—135) continued her excellent play, knocking down seven birdies and locking in a score of 9-under 135 after 36 holes. The junior torched the back nine with a 31, including three-straight birdies on Nos. 16, 17 and 18 to finish the round. She leads the field by three strokes over Alabama’s Polly Mack.

The Maroon & White (289-295—584) shot 7-over 295 in round two. The Aggies dropped a spot from round one and trail fourth-place Wake Forest by five strokes with a team score of 8-over 584. In order to advance to the NCAA Championship, Texas A&M will need to find its way back into the top four by the end of the final round on Wednesday.

“Jennie [Park] finished great and is keeping us in it,” head coach Gerrod Chadwell said. “Collectively, we need to be better and have a bit more discipline on some areas of the course. Jennie has been awesome, and we need to help her. Tomorrow is a new day, and a lot can happen in team golf.”

Senior Hailee Cooper (74-75—149) and sophomore Zoe Slaughter (73-76—149) both hold a share of 30th heading into the final round. Freshman Adela Cernousek (73-78—151) and Blanca Fernández García-Poggio (74-79—153) tied for 42nd and 49th, respectively.

Next Up
The 15th-ranked Aggies will continue their pursuit of a trip to the NCAA Championship in the final round of the Franklin Regional tomorrow at 8 a.m. Fans may follow along with the live stats here.

Team Standings
1 – Vanderbilt (-7)
2 – Alabama (-2)
3 – Duke (+2)
4 – Wake Forest (+3)
5 – Texas A&M (+8)
6 – UTSA (+11)
7 – Augusta (+17)
8 – Oregon State (+20)
T9 – BYU (+23)
T9 – Boston University (+23)
11 – Kent State (+24)
12 – Austin Peay State (+46)

 

Place Team/Player Round 1 Round 2 Overall
5 Texas A&M 289 (+1) 295 (+7) 584 (+8)
1 Jennie Park 69 (-3) 66 (-6) 135 (-9)
T30 Hailee Cooper 74 (+2) 75 (+3) 149 (+5)
T30 Zoe Slaughter 73 (+1) 76 (+4) 149 (+5)
T42 Adela Cernousek 73 (+1) 78 (+6) 151 (+7)
T49 Blanca Fernández García-Poggio 74 (+2) 79 (+7) 153 (+9)