April 23, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. --- A strong team effort by the Texas A&M women's golf team kept the Aggies in the hunt at the 2011 Big 12 Women's Golf Championships on Saturday at The Club at Old Hawthorne.
The Aggies used a 2-over par 290 to improve to third in the team standings at 12-over, and trail second-day leader Texas by five strokes and second-place Iowa State by three shots entering Sunday's final round. All four of the Aggies' scorers were at even-par or just one-over par in the second round.
"We needed that round today," Aggie head coach Trelle McCombs said. "With Texas and Iowa State putting up good scores, we needed to keep ourselves in the ballgame. Five shots is not that much when we are talking team golf. We just need to dig deep and go get it tomorrow."
Like the Aggies, freshman Katerina Ruzickova stayed in the hunt for individual honors with an even-par round of 72. For the tournament, Ruzickova is 1-under and in a six-way for second-place. All six golfers are looking up at Texas' Morgan Pressel, who turned in a 6-under par 66 and is six shots ahead of the pack at 7-under.
Ruzickova got to even-par for the round by birdying the 18th hole for the second straight day.
"Kat definitely played like a veteran today," McCombs said. "Her patience on the back nine was incredible. She had many birdie chances on the front that she didn't convert so staying patient for them in the end says a lot about her as a person."
Along with Ruzickova the Aggies' scorers on Saturday were senior Sarah Beth Davis had a 5-over 77. After two days of golf, Zwartynski was tied for 19th at 4-over, Grunden and Reeves were tied for 24th at 5-over, and Davis was tied for 36th at 8-over.
"We left some shots out there but the way we battled back today was the key," McCombs said. "I'm very proud of them and how they stayed after it. We could have easily thrown in the towel and laid down out there but the ladies gave it everything they had. I was really proud of all my kids today. Although Sarah Beth didn't make a lot of putts today, she never gave up out there. She's ready for tomorrow; she knows what it will take tomorrow."
Play continues on Sunday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start with the Aggies paired with Texas and Iowa State.