SAMMAMISH, Wash. – A long opening day at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational will continue into Wednesday morning after an early weather delay forced teams to play until night skies caused the end of competition with teams still playing the second round at the Sahalee Country Club.
California sits tied for sixth at the end of the first day with three golfers still needing to finish one hole Wednesday morning to complete the second round of the tournament. Hail in the Washington area forced an early delay Tuesday, which ultimately caused teams to play a 10-hour 36 holes until the darkness prevailed and ended play at 7 p.m.
In her first collegiate tournament, Gutierrez settled down after an opening round 78 (+6) to shoot one of the top individual rounds of the day with her second round 67 after 17 holes. Through her first nine second round holes, Gutierrez was one-over with birdies on the 12th and 14th offset by a double-bogey’d 16th, but the Peru native opened the back nine holes with birdies in four of the first six holes. With her final hole set for Wednesday morning, Gutierrez – who sits 11th individually – can have the first under-par round of her young career.
“Today was an up and down day,” California head coach Nancy McDaniel said. “Obviously our freshman came through in this second round and hopefully can close it out in an under par round which will be great in the first tournament as a collegiate athlete.”
Childs shot a 76 in the opening round before improving to a 72 in the second round through 17 holes. Through the first 18 holes, Childs was three-over at the turn but birdied the sixth hole to shoot one-over on the back nine. She then proceeded to hold a steady hand in the second round by hitting par on 14 of her 17 holes before play was halted.
Suh shot two-over in the first round and five-over in the second round as one of two Golden Bears to finish all 36 holes. She finished with birdies on the second, third and 17th holes and sits 25th on the individual leaderboard.
Rössler began the day by shooting a +2, 74 in the first round with two birdies and four bogeys through her first nine holes before hitting par on every single back nine hole. In the second round, Rössler sat at four-over through nine holes and seven-over thru 17 before play halted.
Kok was the second of two California players to complete all 36 holes Tuesday and sits 38th overall with a 10-over, 154. She shot five-over in both rounds with birdies on the 3rd and 9th in the first round for a 77-77=154.
“I’m encouraged by Jo Ee in her first college tournament in the top five,” McDaniel said. “She finished with two rounds of 77, which on this course I know she wants to be better but is not too bad. It’s a solid start. Our veterans we need to see pull through tomorrow. Our senior leader Nico inevitably will come out with a better round tomorrow and will be right back in that top four.”
The final holes of the second round will begin at 7:45 a.m. with the final round beginning after the final nine players finish their holes Wednesday morning.
COURSE: Sahalee Country Club (par 72; 6,039 yards) – Sammamish, Wash.
T11. Lucia Gutierrez – 78-67=145 (+4) – thru 17 holes in the second round
T25. Carly Childs – 76-72=148 (+7) – thru 17 holes in the second round
T25. Hannah Suh – 74-77=151 (+7) -- completed all 36 holes
T34. Nicola Rössler – 74-76=150 (+9) -- thru 17 holes in the second round
T38. Jo Ee Kok – 77-77=154 (+10) – completed all 36 holes
TEAM RESULTS (GolfWeek Ranking as of Oct. 4, 2013)
1. (11) Stanford – 285-284=569 (-7)
T2. (2) Washington – 301-289=590 (+14)
T2. Oregon – 296-294=590 (+14)
4. San Jose State – 300-296=596 (+20)
5. (28) UCF – 297-301=598 (+22)
T6. (20) California – 301-293=594 (+24) thru 17 holes in the second round
T6. (49) UC Davis – 303-297=600 (+24)
8. Gonzaga – 303-293=596 (+29) thru 17 holes in the second round
9. (35) Colorado – 316-283=599 (+29) thru 17 holes in the second round
10. Columbia – 308-302=610 (+34)
11. San Francisco – 307-311=618 (+42)
12. Long Beach State – 311-318=629 (+53)
13. Washington State – 317-321=638 (+62)