CORVALLIS, Ore. – It was almost a given that Seshia Telles and Anica Yoo would play well in the second round of the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship on Saturday. They did just that as both golfers fired an even-par 72 to help Oregon State move into seventh place at the three-day, 54-hole event.
After opening with a 12-over 300 on Friday, the Beavers were four strokes better in the second round with an 8-over 296 at the par-72, 6,256-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club to move them from a tie for eighth place into seventh with a 20-over 596. Oregon State sits ahead of four teams in the field, including No. 35 California, No. 30 Oregon and No. 47 Colorado.
The final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with tee times off the first and 10th holes. Admission is free to the public. Oregon State will start at 8:30 a.m. on the 10th hole and be paired with California.
“Overall, I’m really pleased with the way we played today in the conditions, because I feel like the golf course was slightly more difficult with the hole locations and the wind, especially on the back side,” Oregon State head coach Risë Alexander said. “We’ll just go out and see what the weather conditions are like tomorrow, go from there and play our game.
“Seshia only hit six greens today but got up and down 10 out of 11 times. She wasn’t far off but she left it in good spots. Anica played real steady. She had a bogey on eight, three-putter and was worried about it, but came back with a birdie on nine.”
Telles got a double-bogey on her first hole of the tournament and played catch up the rest of the round before finishing with a 4-over 76. She started much better in Saturday’s second round, as she started on the 10th hole and opened with six pars and a birdie on the par-4 16th before taking bogeys on the 17th and 18th.
The senior from Tualatin, Ore., then reeled off seven straight pars, got a birdie on the tough par-4 eighth hole and made a nice up and down on nine for a 1-under 35 coming in. Her even-par 72 on Saturday moved her 12 spots up the individual leaderboard into a tie for 23rd place with a 4-over 148.
“I was kind of on and off today,” Telles said. “I actually hit more greens yesterday than I did today. I just putted a lot better today and I was able to save myself versus yesterday when I wasn’t putting that great. I thought today wasn’t bad. Tomorrow I’m going to be attacking flags and hopefully I improve again. I want to hit more greens and give myself a chance for birdie.”
Yoo also struggled early in her opening round with a 4-over 40 going out before rallying with eight pars and a birdie coming in for an opening-round score of 3-over 75. She carried that momentum into the second round with a team-best four birdies to move up eight spots into a tie for 21st place with a 3-over 147.
The junior from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, got her birds on the par-4 first, par-3 seventh, par-5 ninth and par-3 17th holes. She has a chance to post top-20 finishes in the Pac-12 Championship for the second straight year after finishing in a tie for 20th last year in Valencia, Calif.
“I did a much better job today of getting up and down and making putts,” Yoo said. “I three-putted two greens or my score could have better. It was great to end the day with a birdie that I hope gives me momentum going into tomorrow’s final round. I hope to shoot another good round and help the team move up the leaderboard.”
Senior Lauren Sewell and sophomore Chelsea Saelee and sophomore Ashlee Pickerell all shot a 4-over 76 in the second round. Sewell had four birdies when she carded a team-best 1-over 73 in the opening round, but was only able to drop one birdie on Saturday. It was the second straight 76 for Saelee and a two-stroke improvement for Pickerell who opened with a 6-over 78.
Sewell is tied for 28th with a 5-over 73-76-149, Saelee is tied for 42nd with an 8-over 76-76--152 and Pickerell is tied for 48th with a 10-over 78-76--154.
UCLA and Stanford are the only two teams in red figures with the Bruins sitting in first place with a 3-under 573 and the Cardinal a stroke back with a 2-under 574. Erynne Lee of UCLA and Lindsey Weaver of Arizona are tied for first with a 4-under 140. Lauren Kim of Stanford made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 154-yard 13th hole on Saturday.
The best action from all three days of the Pac-12 Championship will be packed into one hour at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, May 11 on the Pac-12 Networks and online via Pac-12 Now.
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Course:Trysting Tree Golf Club: Par 72 - 6256 Yards