AUSTIN, Texas —
Baylor women’s golf turned in the second-best round of the day to climb two spots into fourth place at 11-over-par 587 through 36 holes at the Betsy Rawls Invitational. The Bears carded a 4-under-par 284 in Saturday’s second round, which moved them past No. 1 Alabama and No. 49 SMU on the leaderboard.
Baylor (+11) trails a trio of top-20 ranked teams in No. 6 Texas (-1), No. 16 Kent State (-1) and No. 7 Florida (+10). The Bears have a 13-shot lead on the closest team behind them, No. 49 SMU (+24). BU also leads No. 38 Texas Tech (+26), No. 1 Alabama (+37), No. 40 Colorado (+41), No. 41 Texas A&M (+41), Tulane (+46), North Texas (+47), New Mexico (+55) and Texas State (+58).
The Bears are led by sophomore Gurleen Kaur, who made four birdies and just one bogey on her way to a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday. Kaur is in third place individually at 2-under 142 for the tournament, trailing only UT’s Hailee Cooper (-6) and Kaitlyn Papp (-4).
Baylor also got a below-par round from senior Maria Vesga, who shot 2-under 70 to move into a tie for 19thplace at 5-over 149, and another from sophomore Laila Hrindova, who carded a 1-under 71 to climb into a tie for 14th place at 4-over 148. The Bears’ final counting score came from sophomore Diane Baillieux, who shot 2-over 74 and is tied for 14th place at 4-over 148.
Freshman Amelia McKee bounced back with a 3-over 75, improving seven shots from her first-round score to jump into a tie for 49th place at 13-over 157. Fiona Liddell, who is competing as an individual, shot even-par 72 to climb into a tie for 30th place at 7-over 151, and fellow individual Jordan Shackelford carded 12-over 84 to move into a tie for 56th place at 15-over 159.
- Laila Hrindova recorded the only eagle made on the first two days of the tournament when she holed out from the fairway on the 387-yard, par-4 sixth hole.
- Baylor is second in the 13-team field in par-4 scoring at 12-over 4.12, fourth in par-5 scoring at 3-over 5.08 and tied for eighth in par-3 scoring at 9-over 3.23.
- Baylor’s 112 pars are third-most in the tournament, and the Bears rank fourth with 23 birdies.
- Gurleen Kaur is tied for second in the 75-player field in par-5 scoring at 3-under 4.63, tied for fifth in par-4 scoring at 1-over 4.05 and tied for 12th in par-3 scoring at even-par 3.00.
- Maria Vesga and Diane Baillieux are tied for fifth in par-4 scoring at 1-over 4.05.
- Jordan Shackelford is tied for 12th in par-3 scoring at even-par 3.00.
- Hrindova is tied for 12th in par-4 scoring at 2-over 4.10.
- Kaur is tied for sixth in the field with eight birdies.
STAT OF THE DAY
6-under – Baylor’s counting scores combined to shoot 6-under-par on the front-9 in Saturday’s second round, which was a dramatic improvement from the 10-over-par those same players combined to shoot on the front-9 in Friday’s first round. Gurleen Kaur improved by four strokes to take the turn at 3-under, Maria Vesga was six strokes better and took the turn at 2-under, Laila Hrindova was four shots better and went out at 2-under, and Diane Baillieux was two shots better and made the turn at 1-under.
Baylor is paired with SMU and Texas Tech for Sunday’s final round, which is an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start. Kaur will begin from the fourth hole, Hrindova will start on No. 5, Baillieux will tee off on No. 6, and McKee and Vesga will start from No. 7. Liddell tees off from No. 14 and Shackelford starts from No. 16. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com. Follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the season.