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Junior Amanda Fairweather opened her second round by holing out for eagle from 132 yards on hole No. 1.
UND wraps up day two of Big Sky Championship
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Updated: Thursday 04/21/2014 16:42:01 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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Chandler, Ariz. -  The North Dakota women's golf team got off to a fast start in round two of the Big Sky Championship thanks to a hole-out eagle from junior Amanda Fairweather. Unfortunately, the Arizona sun began to take its toll on the team that ended up its day playing in temperatures soaring into the mid-90's.

Sophomore Sadie Martin paced the Green and White for the second straight day, but managed only an 82 (+10) on her second loop around the Ocotillo Golf Resort. Martin shot an opening-round 76 (+24) and her two-round total of 158 (+14) is tied for 28th in the individual standings. 

Junior Mikayla Kromy was a stroke off her pace with an 83 (+11), while Fairweather and freshman Dani DelGreco each fired an 84 (+14) to contribute to the overall team score.

For Fairweather and DelGreco, their rounds were much an improvement from their first 18 holes, which helped keep UND's team score for the day at 333 (+45). That was six shots of the team's opening round score and kept them in 10th place in the team standings.

"We struggled on the back nine after getting off to a good start early on," UND head coach Natalie Martinson said. "We played later in the day, which we're not used to and I think the heat got to us down the stretch."

Sacramento State caught Portland State at the top of the team standings with a 301, which was the low team score of the day. The Vikings and Hornets will head into Tuesday's final round tied at 605 (+29) and 13 strokes ahead of host Northern Arizona (618, +42) and Montana State (618, +42), who are tied for third.

Montana (620, +44) and Southern Utah (620, +44), who turned in an impressive 303, are tied for fifth.   

Fairweather added two birdies to her eagle on her opening nine to shoot a 38 on the front side. "That was a fun way to get my round started," Fairweather said. "Golf is funny like that though. It gives you a stroke or two you might not deserve, then it takes a couple away."

UND was only 15-over on the front nine as a team, but went 29-over coming into the clubhouse.

The third and final round of the 2014 Big Sky Championship starts at 6:30 a.m. MT on Wednesday.


Big Sky Championship Team Scores
t1 Portland State 299-306 = 605 (+29)
t1 Sacramento State 304-301 = 605 (+29)
t3 Northern Arizona 313-305 = 618 (+42)
t3 Montana State 305-313 = 618 (+42)
t5 Montana 306-314 = 620 (+44)
t5 Southern Utah 317-303 = 620 (+44)
7 Eastern Washington    314-309 = 623 (+47)
8 Weber State 318-318 = 636 (+60)
9 Northern Colorado 319-320 = 639 (+63)
10 North Dakota 327-333 = 660 (+84)
11 Idaho State 347-344 = 691 (+115)

UND Individuals

t28 Sadie Martin 76-82 = 158 (+14)
t34 Mikayla Kromy 79-83 = 162 (+18)
t44 Alexis Guggisberg 83-85 = 168 (+24)
49 Amanda Fairweather 89-84 = 173 (+29)
50 Dani DelGreco  90-84 = 174 (+30)

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