Midwestern State faced a myriad of downhill putts Tuesday afternoon during the second round of the NCAA Division II Super Region Four Championships played at the Par-72, 5,842-yard Foxtail Golf Club.
"As a team we struggled with the speed of the greens today," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "It started with not getting the ball on the correct tier. The girls had a lot of downhill putts that you cannot be aggressive with."
The lack of aggressive play resulted in a 22-over team total of 310 as the Mustangs slipped from third to seventh with a two-round total of 610.
MSU trails third-place Tarleton State by 12 strokes which is important because only three teams and top three individual not on advancing team move on to the NCAA Division II Championships set for May 13-16 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich.
"Several other teams played great today," Ray said. "I told the girls we need a great round tomorrow and see what it does. This is the course to have a 15-stroke swing on."
Midwestern get the first tee times of the final round Wednesday morning beginning at 10:50 a.m. (Central Time). The Mustangs will set the final number and watch as the rest of the field finishes later in the afternoon.
MSU senior Brenna Moore was within a stroke of the lead after carding her second birdie of the day on No. 16, but took a bogey on the final hole to drop into a tie for fifth place with West Texas A&M's Glory Jangthongsiri with a two-round total of 146 (+2).
Moore was the tournament co-leader after firing a 3-under 69 in the opening before firing a 77 on Tuesday.
"Brenna grinded out a solid round," Ray said. "It is difficult to follow a great round."
Freshman Sarah Moore turned in MSU's top score of the day with a 4-over 76 while sophomore Sierra Campbell notched a 3-over 78.
Fellow sophomore Kellie Martin improved her first round score by five strokes to account for MSU's fourth countable second-round score with a 7-over 79 while Hayley Dambold logged an 8-over 80.
Sonoma State (Calif.) continues to lead the way with a two-round total of 594 (+18). The Seawolves are trailed by St. Edward's (596/+20), Tarleton State (598/+22), California Baptist (602/+26), West Texas A&M (605/+29), Academy of Art (606/+30), MSU, Newman (611/+35) and Dallas Baptist (613/+37).
Midwestern State struggled with the putter Monday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Division II West/South Central Regional Championship played at the Par-72, 6,747-yard Hiddenbrooke Golf Course.
The Mustangs closed the first round with a 27-over team total of 315 to stand tied for 15th with California State, San Bernardino heading into Tuesday second round.
"The wind was pretty stiff and it stayed cold all day," MSU assistant coach Chester Butts said. "The course played pretty difficult. The greens played really slick and the guys didn't handle it well. The guys had a tough time and let a few strokes get away."
The top five teams advance and two highest finishing individuals not on an advancing team move on to the NCAA Division II Championships set for the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C. from May 18-22.
Senior Derek Oland paced the Mustangs with an opening round 76 (+4) to stand tied for 31st six strokes off of the pace of Dominican (Calif.)'s Ty Macias and California State-East Bay's Adam Stone, who both fired 2-under 70s.
Sophomore Tom Smith is tied for 45th with a first-round 78 (+6) while freshman Will Mullins (79/+7) and sophomore Jared Baker (82/+10) logged MSU's other two countable scores placing 57th and 81st, respectively.
Sophomore Luke Thomas carded an 85 to tie for 97th through the first 18 holes of tournament play.
California State-Monterey Bay tops the team leader board with a 2-over total of 290 followed by Simon Fraser (B.C.) (296/+8), Sonoma State (Calif.) (300/+12), Chico State (Calif.) (302/+14) and Colorado Mines (302/+14).
Tee times for the second round are set for Tuesday morning with the final round following on Wednesday.