“Definitely the hole locations got a little more difficult with a few more back pins and some below ridges,” head coach Bart Barnes said. “The biggest factor today was the wind. The wind was pretty steady all day at 10 to 15 miles-per-hour and it definitely played a role on some of these holes.
“Today we were close, but the big thing for us is to go back to work on the range and the putting green and just try and clean up a bit. We had a couple of little mistakes around the greens that we can work on and get better.”
The Trojans opened play on the back nine and shot 13-over as a group. Taylor McGraw opened with a birdie and Brooke Spinks dropped in one of her two birdies of the day on No. 11. Troy followed with a much stronger front nine (7-over) thanks to an eagle from Becca Horner and six total birdies.
Fátima Fernández Cano is Troy’s leader in the clubhouse at 2-over following a 74 on Friday. Cano is tied for 36th place overall after missing an eagle putt on No. 1 by a matter of inches. The Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year also picked up a birdie on No. 4.
Taylor McGraw, Horner and Spinks all finished at 6-over on the day. Horner made the turn at 4-over, but quickly erased two strokes with an eagle on No. 1 following an impressive second shot onto the green. McGraw added a birdie on No. 3 to go along with her one on No. 10, while Spinks birdied No. 7. Langley Vannoy finished her second round at 9-over with a pair of birdies.
No. 12 Vanderbilt will carry a six-shot lead over No. 2 Duke into the final round of play. No. 34 Tulane and No. 5 South Carolina are tied for third while No. 20 Virginia is in fifth place. The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championship. Stanford’s Mariah Stackhouse is the individual leader at 5-under.
Troy will be pared with Kentucky and Seton Hall for Saturday’s final round that will begin at 12:10 p.m. (CDT).
1. Vanderbilt 277-289—566, 2. Duke 284-288—572, T3. Tulane 280-294—574, T3. South Carolina 291-283—574, 5. Virginia 283-292—575, 6. Stanford 291-286—577, 7. NC State 286-294—580, 8. Campbell 291-290—581, 9. Florida State 290-295—585, 10. Pepperdine 290-297—587, 11. Texas State 289-299—588, 12. East Tennessee State 289-300—589, 13. Central Florida 289-301—590, 14. East Carolina 297-295—592, T15. Auburn 293-301—594, T15. Georgia 298-296—594, 17. Louisville 295-301—596, 18. Baylor 297-300—597, 19. Kentucky 295-304—599, 20. Seton Hall 302-301—603, 21. Troy 296-308—604, 22. College of Charleston 299-308—670, 23. Murray State 307-316—623, 24. Alabama State 315-314—629
1. Mariah Stackhouse (Stanford) 68-71—139, T2. Celine Boutier (Duke) 67-73—140, T2. Sandy Choi (Duke) 72-68—140, T4. Four Players
T36. Fátima Fernández Cano 72-74—146, T77. Taylor McGraw 72-78—150, T97. Becca Horner 75-78—153, T116. Langley Vannoy 77-81—158, T120. Brooke Spinks 81-78—159
Pictured below: Becca J. Horner