SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Cal State Northridge carded a team score of 308 in Monday's second round of the 2012 Big West Championship and is in fifth-place heading into Tuesday's final round. Junior Margo Dionisio fired a one over-par 73 and is firmly in contention with 18 holes to play.
The Matadors, who opened with a team score of 313 on Sunday, carded a 308 on Monday but were passed in the team chase by Cal State Fullerton who shot a blistering team round of 294. Northridge's 308 was one of the teams best scores this spring and is just five shots off its best 18-hole total of the 2011-12 season.
"I'm very pleased with the way we've played in the first two rounds," said Matador head coach Bonnie Murphy. "We haven't broken 320 all spring so I'm proud of the way the girls are stepping up. The team has worked really hard and it's paying off. Now we've just to hang in there and finish strong tomorrow."
Dionisio, who opened with a five-over 77 on Monday, had two birdies and 13 pars in posting a one-over 73 on Monday. At six-over 150 through 36 holes, Dionisio is just three shots off the pace as UC Davis' Bev Vatananugulkit is the leader at three-over 147. The junior from Whittier, Calif., is looking for her best-ever Big West Championship finish after finishing 11th in 2010 and 30th in 2011.
Senior Kendall Patten is also in the hunt as she is tied for 10th at eight-over 152 following a second round 74. Patten matched her season-low round on Sunday with a 78 before improving that by four strokes on Monday. She had a team-high three birdies on Monday but was victimized by a double-bogey five on the par-three 14th.
Senior Ellen Krausse also improved from Sunday to Monday and is tied for 14th at 11-over 155. Krausse carded a round of 78 on Sunday and was able to shave off a stroke with a 77 on Monday. After posting an 80 on Sunday, Sharon Shin slipped to a 12-over 84 on Monday and is in 32nd-place at (+20) 164 while Jennel Alexander is 33rd following rounds of 82-86 left her at (+24) 168 with one round remaining.
UC Davis (600) overtook first round leader UC Irvine (602) and takes a two-shot lead into Tuesday's final round. Long Beach State (611) is third followed by Cal State Fullerton (613), the Matadors (621), Cal Poly (629) and UC Riverside (644).
The Matadors are looking for their best team finish since finishing third in 2008. Northridge finished sixth in 2009 and 2011 and was fifth in 2010. The third and final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
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