Burkard Fires 71 As Beavs Improve by 21 Shots
March 10, 2009
Day 2 Results
BOULDER CITY, Nev. – Senior Martha Burkard leapt 15 places up the leaderboard behind a season low 1-under-par 71, to finish the second round of the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational tied for 17th-place Tuesday. As a team, the Beavers head into the final round of the 54-hole tournament tied for sixth at 613.
Leading Oregon State with a two-round total of 151 (80-71), Burkard improved her first round score by nine shots today. Burkard’s round of 71 came behind five birdies, nine pars and three bogeys at the par-72, 6,234 yard Boulder Creek Golf Club.
“Martha is really capable of shooting low numbers,” head coach Rise Lakowske said. “She has done it before and she showed it again today. She just needs a little confidence over the ball and once she gets that going she keeps it under-par. If we can keep that going she’ll go low for us quite often.”
After weathering extreme wind speeds on Monday, the Beavers’ second round 296 was a 21 shot improvement from yesterday’s 317. Oregon State is tied for sixth place with No. 23 Kent State and No. 41 Washington at 613 in the 18-team field. The Beavers are just one shot behind No. 29 Oregon in fifth place at 612.
“We got started a little better today. We started hitting more fairways and greens,” Lakowske said. “The women made the right adjustments early in the round, and played solid. I saw a lot of good short game, a lot of up-and-downs.”
Freshman Elyse Okada rebounded well after shooting a disappointing 87 in the first round, with a solid 1-over-par 73, a 14 stroke improvement and career low. Okada moved up an astonishing 21 places to finish the second day tied for 61st with a two round total 160.
“Elyse putted like a rock star today,” Lakowske said. “She was really rolling it well. She really felt comfortable with the course today and hard a very solid round.”
Freshman Whitney French, yesterday’s top Beaver performer, stayed consistent with her second consecutive 76 for total of 152 tying for 22nd going into the final round.
“We need to keep doing more of what we did today. Play the golf course and take each hole one at a time and just keep playing our game against the golf course,” Lakowske said.
Host team No. 33 UNLV leads the tournament with 595 after a second score of 5-under-par 283. Individually, Natalie Gleadall of Nebraska shot a tournament low five-under-par 67, to vault herself into a tie for first place with Georgia’s Marta Silva at 144.
Final round play begins tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. with golfers teeing off from holes one and 10. Live hole-by-hole stats are available at golfstat.com.
Visit osubeavers.com for final round coverage and results.
Team Scores: 1. UNLV (312-283) 595; 2. Texas Tech (306-291) 597; 3. Georgia (312-292) 604; 4. Tulsa (306-302) 608; 5. Oregon (311-301) 612; t6. Oregon State (317-296) 613; t6. Kent State (319-294) 613; t6. Washington (325-288) 613; 9. Campbell (323-294) 617; 10. Nebraska (330-288) 618; 11. Missouri (324-298) 622; 12. BYU (321-303) 624; 13. Fresno State (323-304) 627; 14. Coastal Carolina (330-304) 634; 15. Idaho (334-301) 635; 16. Washington State (337-300) 637; 17. SMU (325-314) 639; 18. UNLV (B) (326-315) 641.
Individual Leaders: t1. Natalie Gleadall, Nebraska (77-67) 144; t1. Marta Silva, Georgia (70-74) 144; t1. Ulrika van Niekerk, Texas Tech (74-70) 144; t4. Alejandra Guacaneme, UNLV (75-71) 146; t4. Natasha Krishna, UNLV (77-69) 146; t4. Mallory Hetzel (75-71) 146.