Webber cards second-round 76

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MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. — Catelyn Webber followed up her opening round 75 with a solid second round 76 as the Whitman College women’s golf team dropped from seventh place to eighth after the second round of the GolfWeek Fall Preview being held at the Baytowne Golf Club here Monday.

The Missionaries actually bettered their stroke total by two from the previous day, firing a 319, for a two-day total of 640.

“I’m pleased that we improved on yesterday’s round,” Whitman coach Skip Molitor said. “I hope we have a low round in us tomorrow. We’d love to finish the tournament on that kind of note.”

In addition to Webber, the Whits got another sub-80 round from newcomer Lou Points, who carded a 78 and needed only 29 putts to finish her round.

Webber hit it out of bounds on the second hole to record a double-bogie 6, but recovered nicely, playing the back nine in even-par 36.

“Catelyn did a great job today,” Molitor said. “To suffer an out-of-bounds and still battle to finish in the top 10 is really impressive.”

Other Whitman scores included Katie Zajicek with an 82, Elaine Whaley an 83 and Kelly Sweeney an 84. Missionary Alyssa Maine, who is playing as an individual, posted an 80.

Methodist University still holds the top spot with a score of 600, but had its lead cut significantly by Washington University, which has pulled to within eight strokes (608) after trailing by 18 after Sunday’s first round.

Trinity University is third at 622.

Mary Hardin-Baylor, the defending tournament champs, are just eight strokes ahead of the Missionaries.

Webber, with her two-day total of 151, is just four strokes off the individual lead. Loretta Giovannettone of Methodist University tops the leaderboard at 147, with three golfers tied for second at 148. Webber is in a group of four golfers at 151.

The field will play one more round today on the 5,802-yard, par-72 course. Whitman is the only Northwest Conference team participating in the tournament that features the top three ranked programs in the nation in Methodist, University of Texas at Tyler and Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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