Beth Coulter fired a two-under par round of 70 to move into red figures after round two of the Pac-12 Championships at Papago Golf Club.
The Arizona State freshman sits just outside the top-10 on one-under but still trails world number one Rose Zhang who extended her lead to four shots atop the board at nine-under par.
Coulter traded three birdies with just one dropped shot in a team low score for ASU on Tuesday and will look to build on that momentum ahead of Wednesday’s final round.
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“Yesterday I played really well,” Coulter said. “So I knew could make a few putts, and thankfully a few dropped. So it was really nice to get that momentum from yesterday and see them dropping today. I hit the ball really well and I was rolling my putter.”
Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye was delighted with the bounce-back-ability of her young side.
“We started off slow, but we hung in there with a couple birdies down the stretch,” she said. “I really liked how we finished since we’re trying to find our groove at home right now.
“Today was a much better day I feel like. We didn’t score yesterday as well as we played. Just trying to get everyone patient with themselves, grinding and hanging in there. It’s a packed championship with some great teams. We’re trying to be patient, stay in the process and we’ll get where we want to go.”
No. 29 Arizona and No. 14 USC lead the team competition with an eight-under 568, as ASU sits in fifth-place.
“We focus on staying in the process, it’s important that we have our processes, we have things we want to do, work to control. There’s a lot of things you have to let go of when you’re here,” Farr-Kaye added.
“Because you can’t control everything. We try to get back to our basics and what we talk about and how we compete day-to-day. This is the Pac-12 Championship but it’s still a tournament and the same golf course and all those things. It has more meaning and this is a terrific conference.”
UCLA’s Annabel Wilson dropped down the leaderboard on day two after adding a 79 to her opening 75.
Meanwhile in the OVC Women’s Championship, Tramore’s Anna Dawson saved her best round of the week for last, carding an even par 72 to finish in third place on the podium. The Little Rock student finished five shots back of the lead at 11-over par.
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