Talley Within Striking Distance at NCAA Regional
BATON ROUGE, La. – Kansas State women's golfer Madison Talley shot a 3-over par 75 on Friday, holding a 36-hole score of 1-over par 145 for an 11th-place tie after the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at the par-72, 6,285-yard University Club.
Talley is just one shot back from the top-10 entering final-round play on Saturday and is currently tied for the third-lowest score among individuals whose teams are not currently in line to advance to the NCAA Championship. The top three individuals not on an advancing team in the Baton Rouge Regional qualify for the NCAA Championship.
“Madison hung in there today and kept herself in the hunt,” K-State assistant coach Stewart Burke said. “The greens and pin positions were a little tougher today, meaning that being on the correct side of the hole was important even when on the green.”
A native of Clarksville, Arkansas, Talley carded a 1-over par on the front nine with a birdie on the sixth hole but bogeys on Nos. 1 and 9. On the back nine, Talley bogeyed four holes, but she rebounded with birdies on the par-5 No. 14 and par-4 No. 17.
“We are looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully a few putts will drop,” Burke said. “Madison is due a great round given her good attitude and solid ball striking this week.”
Talley is in contention to become the second Wildcat individual ever to qualify for the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 20-25, at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Oregon.
South Carolina carded an 11-under par 277 during the second round to take over the top spot on the team leaderboard. The Gamecocks were paced by Katelyn Dambaugh, who sits on top of the individual leaderboard after shooting 8-under par 136 through play on Friday.
Talley tees off for the third and final round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional at 8:15 a.m., on Saturday. Live stats can be followed on www.golfstat.com and final results will be posted on www.k-statesports.com following the conclusion of the event.
NCAA Baton Rouge Regional
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Par 72/6,285 Yards
The University Club
Team Scores: 1. South Carolina, 290-277—567 (-9); 2. Washington, 286-289—575 (-1); 3. Florida, 293-287—580 (+4); 4. Duke, 298-287—585 (+9); T5. Oregon, 292-296—588 (+12); T5. BUY, 298-290—588 (+12); 7. Arizona State, 296-298—594 (+18); 8. Houston, 295-300—595 (+19); 9. East Carolina, 301-301—602 (+26); 10. Harvard, 308-295—603 (+27); 11. LSU, 299-310—609 (+33); 12. Augusta, 311-301—612 (+36); 13. North Carolina State, 307-307—614 (+38); 14. Denver, 315-304—619 (+43); 15. Wichita State, 312-308—620 (+44); T16. New Mexico, 313-309—622 (+46); T16. North Florida, 322-300—622 (+46); 18. Fairleigh Dickinson, 322-313—635 (+59).
Top Individuals: 1. Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina, 70-66—136 (-8); 2. Charlotte Thomas, Washington, 73-67—140 (-4); T3. Lea Carner, BYU, 73-69—142 (-2); T3. Sandy Choi, Duke, 73-69 (-2); T3. Juianne Alvarez, Washington, 70-72—142 (-2).
K-State Individuals: Madison Talley, 70-75—145 (+1).