AUBURN, Ala. -- The East Tennessee State women’s golf team dug itself into a hole on Friday.
The Bucs, who were within striking distance of the top eight after the first round of the NCAA East Regional, fell to 14th in the second round.
That left them 13 strokes out of the decisive eighth spot. The top eight teams after today’s final round qualify for the NCAA Championship.
A slew of bogeys left all five ETSU players above par. Although none posted a particularly high round, none went low either. It left them needing one of their best rounds of the year today to advance. They’ll have to make up the 13 strokes and pass six teams to qualify for nationals.
Gabriella Wahl and Chloe Garner both shot 75 while the other three Bucs, Lourdes Lopez, Vivienne Chin and Sian Evans all shot 76.
It all added up to a 302 total, 14 over par and five strokes higher than the first round.
Chin began the second round tied for 21st individually after an opening 72, but she fell 21spots.
Second-ranked Alabama posted its second consecutive 11-under-par 277 to seize a 14-stroke lead over second-place Tulane. The Crimson Tide got 66s from two players on Friday, including one from individual leader Stephanie Meadow. She was 10 under par, four shots ahead of teammates Jennifer Kirby and Emma Talley as Alabama had the top three individuals after 36 holes.
Tennessee got a 66 from its No. 4 player, Casey Thomas, and was tied for eighth with UCLA.
ETSU is grouped with East Carolina and Virginia for today’s final round.