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Kumar Paces UNCW In Round Two Of NCAA's

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 05/11/2012
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Sophomore Laverry Kumar posted a four-over-par 76 to lead UNCW in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Friday
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Sophomore Laverry Kumar posted a four-over-par 76 to lead UNCW in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Central Regional Friday
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The UNCW women's golf team turned in a team-total 322 on Friday and remained in 22nd place after 36 holes of the 2012 NCAA Women's golf Central Regional on the Scarlet Course of the Ohio State Golf Club.

The Seahawks have combined for a two-round total of 323-322=654, two shots back of Texas-San Antonio (317-326=643) and just six strokes off the pace of in-state rival East Carolina (329-310=639).

"There were a lot of difficult pin placements today and our players continued to struggle on the greens, both in reading them and getting the proper speed on their putts," said UNCW Head Coach Cindy Ho. "I felt like our ball striking was good enough to score better today, but we haven't gotten a feel for the greens and that has really hurt us."

No. 3 Southern California expanded its lead over the field on Friday after combining for a two-over-par result of 290 to take a 12-shot lead with a 36-hole result of 298-290=598. No. 10 Vanderbilt (308-292=600) moved into second place with a four-over-par score on Friday while No. 27 Virginia (308-296=604) took over third. No. 33 Purdue (301-307=608) and No. 21 Oregon (308-300=608) are tied for fourth.    

Sophomore Laverry Kumar carded a four-over par 76 in the second round to claim a share of 47th place with an 80-76=156 scorecard after two rounds. Senior Sofia Hagsund is three strokes back of Kumar with a 78-81=159 total and finds herself part of a deadlock for 67th. Sophomores Lori Beth Adams (82-82=164/T-104th) and Jeanne Metivier (83-83=166/T-109th) and senior Alei Mitchell (88-86=174/124th) complete UNCW's entry.  

"I was pleased with Laverry's ability to bounce back with a better round today," said Ho. "It will be important for the team to put the first two rounds behind us and go out tomorrow and play with confidence, trust our games and finish with a good round to end the regional."

USC's Lisa McCloskey posted a four-under-par 68 and jumped to the top of the individual leader board with a three-under-par tournament total of 73-68=141. Florida State's Maria Salinas (71-72=143) and Vanderbilt teammates Lauren Stratton (75-68=143) and Marina Alex (70-73=143) are two strokes off the lead at one-under-par heading into Saturday's final round.

Final round action at the Central Regional begins Saturday at 8 a.m. UNCW will open the final round at 1:25 p.m. on the No. 10 tee.
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