CLE ELUM, Wash. - Cal State Northridge senior Clariss Guce carded a second round five-over 77 and slipped from fourth to eighth but is still in contention heading into the final 18 holes of the NCAA Championship West Regional at Tumble Creek Club at Suncadia Resort.
After a blistering four-under 68 on Thursday, Guce had a tough back nine on Friday to slip four spots down the leaderboard. Round one leader Kyung Kim of USC now shares the lead with SooBin Kim of Washington at four-under 140. Two players sit at three-under 141, another at two-under 142 while two others are at even-par 144 followed by Guce and two other golfers at one-over 145.
Guce's day opened on the par four, 10th-hole where a bogey five would foreshadow her back nine. A birdie on the par five, 14th pulled the senior back to even-par and she maintained that pace through the remainder of her front nine, making the turn at even-par.
After playing bogey-free on holes one through nine on Thursday, Guce's trouble began immediately as she made bogey on the first three holes to slip to three-over for the day. Bogeys on the par four, sixth and the par four, ninth combined with four pars sent Guce to the clubhouse at five-over 77 for the day and one-over 145 for the championship.
"Conditions were tough today with wind and cold," said CSUN head coach Gina Umeck. "Days like this are less about golf and more about talking yourself back into it over and over. I think Clariss showed a lot of composure and ability to deal with conditions we don't often get in Southern California."
The third and final round is scheduled for Saturday with Guce scheduled to tee-off at 8:25 a.m off hole No. 1. The top-two individuals at the Regional that are not on qualifying teams will earn a spot at the NCAA Finals.
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