Walsh’s Forest on track to make finals as Martin dazzles with 69 in Albuquerque

Ronan MacNamara

Lauren Walsh (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Lauren Walsh and Wake Forest are on course to move forward to the NCAA finals after two rounds of the NCAA Franklin Regional and are currently inside the top-4 with an aggregate score of three-over.

Walsh herself also moved up thirteen places on the individual leaderboard with an improved one-over 73 to leave her on four-over although the Castlewarden native started poorly with two bogeys in five holes before a birdie on 7 was cancelled out by a dropped shot on the ninth.

The Curtis Cup star rallied superbly after the turn, opening her back nine with a hat trick of birdies. Her brilliant work was cruelly undone however by a triple-bogey seven on the 15th but she responded well with a birdie on 16 to move into the top-25.


Round of the day from the Irish contingent went the way of Mairead Martin who shot a three-under 69 to move to level-par and into 11th place.

The Louisville student played the course from back to front and roared to the turn with three successive birdies from 14 to 16. Back-to-back bogeys to start her inward nine were followed by birdies on the third and ninth to keep her university in touch with the top-4 on the team leaderboard in Albuquerque.

In the Tallahassee Regional, Sara Byrne rocketed up the leaderboard with an excellent round of level-par 72 to claw her way into the top-15.

The Cork native is on five-over after a tidy round where she traded a brace of birdies and as many bogeys.

Despite her efforts, Miami dropped out of the top-4 in the team leaderboard, trailing University of South Carolina by seven shots.

After a tough opening 78, Anna Foster improved with a two-over 74 on day two of the Stillwater Regional to move to eight-over-par.

The Auburn student started on the tenth and opened with a birdie before a run of eight successive pars was arrested by three bogeys in five holes.

Meanwhile Aine Donegan slipped down the leaderboard on day two of the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional with a six-over 77.

The Indiana student is on seven-over for the week and ten shots adrift of the lead. Scoring has proven tough at the U-M Golf Course with just two players under-par after 36 holes.

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