Boulder City, Nev. -- Sophomore Jenna Janu turned in the Fighting Hawks' top score for the second-consecutive day at the Big Sky Championship as conditions in southern Nevada were much kinder to the 12-team field.
Janu carded a 77, which included 14 pars and a birdie at the Boulder Creek Golf Club. One of those pars came on the 18th hole, but the 380-yard layout proved to be a menace to the rest of the North Dakota women's golf team. who combined to go 14-over on it.
Janu is tied for 28th through 36 holes with a 160 total (+16) to pace UND, who remained in 11th after posting a 325 (+37) as a team.
"We had a better day and got off to a much faster start, but I was disappointed with how we finished," UND head coach Natalie Martinson said. "We proved to ourselves that we can play well on this course and it will be important for us to put together a much more consistent finish tomorrow."
Senior captain Alexis Guggisberg posted an 80 and added two more birdies to bring her team-leading total of five in the championship. She shot a 35 (-1) on her opening nine holes, which included eight-straight pars and a birdie to get off to a fast start.
Fellow co-captain Dani DelGreco was eight strokes in her second round, registering an 82 (+10) that included a pair of birdies on two of the four par three's.
Junior Haily Abel and Hanna Peterson both shot an 86 (+14) in the second round.
Northern Arizona's Sofia Anokhina maintained her two-stroke lead in the race for medalist honors after carding a 71 (-1) to own a 143 (-1) total through 36 holes. Idaho's Clara Mayano moved into second place after posting the low round of the tournament with a 69 (-3).
Mayano helped the Vandals also move into second place in the team standings and they trail Sacramento State, who surged ahead of Portland State. Both of those teams fired even-par scores of 288. The Hornets will take a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round.
The Big Sky will crown its team and individual champions after the closing 18 holes of the three-round tournament.
Big Sky Championship (First Round Results)
|1.||Sacramento State||310-288 = 598 (+22)|
|2.||Idaho||313-288 = 601 (+25)|
|3.||Portland State||309-302 = 611 (+35)|
|4.||Northern Colorado||311-302 = 613 (+37)|
|5.||Northern Arizona||316-303 = 619 (+43)|
|6.||Eastern Washington||323-301 = 624 (+48)|
|7.||Southern Utah||323-305 = 628 (+52)|
|8.||Montana||328-308 = 636 (+60)|
|9.||Weber State||323-317 = 640 (+64)|
|10.||Montana State||329-329 = 658 (+82)|
|11.||North Dakota||338-325 = 663 (+87)|
|12.||Idaho State||368-346 = 714 (+138)|
UND Individuals (First Round Results)
|t36.||Jenna Janu||83-77 = 160 (+16)|
|t36.||Alexis Guggisberg||84-80 = 164 (+20)|
|t39.||Hanna Peterson||84-86 = 170 (+26)|
|52.||Dani DelGreco||90-82 = 172 (+28)|
|t54.||Haily Abel||87-86 = 173 (+29)|
-- UND --