Twelve was not a favorable number Tuesday for the 12th ranked Barton Community College women's golf team as day two of the NJCAA Division I Championships slid the Cougars down a spot to 11th.
Barton began second round action on the back nine, a stretch of holes that gave the squad fits throughout the lineup. Overall the Cougars' five-member combined scores on the opening nine holes was 58-over, twenty-six strokes worse than the scores after the turn at 32-over. Sticking a thorn in the Cougars' side three holes into the round was the par five 12th hole as Barton would take a sixteen stroke hit across the five scorecards on the day.
The end result was a fifteen stroke difference from the Cougars' Monday opening round, finishing the day at 66-over 354. Dropping behind McLennan Community College in the standings, the two will be joined by 12th place Ranger College in the 7:59 a.m. Central Time pairings beginning on hole one. McLennan's 93-over leads the Cougars' 117-over while Ranger faces the same twenty-four stroke deficit from Barton at 141-over.
Barton's leader Mathanee Pandee was no exception to the 12th, taking a triple bogey on the way to make the turn at 8-over. Riding the ship on the front portion of the course for a 3-over, Pandee posted an 11-over 83 to drop seven spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 18th.
The lone Cougar to make a climb on day two was the fifth member of the squad Matilyn Newman. Like Pandee, Newman also took a triple on the 12th in posting a 10-over after the first nine holes. Avoiding any similar hiccups on the second nine, Newman rang the bell for a pair of birdies to lead the Cougars in the category on day two, closing with a 4-over on team second best round of 14-over 86 to vault eleven spots up to 66th.
Pawinee Sukasem stayed consistent in day two action, improving a stroke from day one's score in moving up one spot to 63rd on her 18-over 90 round. Sukasem parred the troublesome twelfth but the 13th hole made amends in dealing her lone triple bogey of the day.
Pornnapa Inmee and Paulina Villavicencio both were dealt a big blow on the 12th resulting in big tumbles down the leaderboard.
The opening nine holes knocked Inmee around a little with a pair of triples and a quadruple bogey on the 12th for an 18-over at the turn, doubling up what her day one total of 9-over. Shaking off the rough start, Inmee birdied the 3rd hole but the 4th, the day's statistically toughest hole, tagged a quintuple bogey to spoil what was a solid 8-over final nine holes. Inmee's final card read a 23-over 95 to drop twenty-one spots on the leaderboard to 55th.
If not for the 12th hole, Villavicencio's round would have matched her opening score. Instead, the 6-over par on the day's fourth hardest hole was the lone glaring blemish on the 24-over 96 round in sliding fifteen spots to 71st. Like her teammates, Villavicencio followed the opening 16-over in closing the back nine strong by carding an 8-over to leave the Mayfair Country Club with the 12th in distant memory.
Barton Round Two Scores (Tournament Total):
T-19th Mathanee Pandee +11 83 (+16 160)
T-55th Pornnapa Inmee +23 95 (+32 176)
T-63rd Pawinee Sukasem +18 90 (+37 181)
T-66th Matilyn Newman +14 86 (+39 183)
71st Paulina Villavicencio +24 96 (+42 186)