FISHERS, Ind. – Ball State junior Jenna Hague will enter Sunday's final round at the Mid-American Conference Women's Golf Championships in contention for her second career league title.
Hague carded an even-par round of 72 on Saturday to remain at 2 over (146) through two days at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club. She is one shot off the lead held by Eastern Michigan's Karyn Lee Ping with 18 holes to play.
Kent State extended its team lead with a round of 299 to bring its 36-hole total to 595 (+19). The Golden Flashes own a 12-stroke lead on Toledo (+31) as they seek their 16th consecutive MAC title. Northern Illinois (+38) is third.
Ball State posted a team total of 316 in a second round that was played in warmer, calm conditions. The Cardinals are in seventh position on the leaderboard with a two-day total of 634.
"We are thrilled Jenna is in contention," Ball State head coach Katherine Mowat said. "She did what she has done all season, and we are excited for a good finish for her tomorrow. We are not where we would like to be as a team, but we have three seniors who will be playing their final rounds tomorrow, and I know they want to go out strong."
Westaway is tied for 24th individually with a total of 159. Perry sits at 162, Welch at 168 and Dobis at 169 through two rounds of play.
Hague, who shares the MAC all-time record with six career tournament wins, is in search of her third victory at The Hawthorns. The 2012 conference medalist played a steady round Saturday with birdies on the eighth and ninth holes to go along with two bogeys on the day. She and Lee Ping, the leader, were each even Saturday.
Lee Ping was as low as 2 under for the tournament through 12 holes before three late bogeys brought her back to the field. Ohio's Hailey Hrynewich is two shots back, while defending champion Jennifer Ha of Kent State is three off the pace after a second-round 69. Ha became the eighth player in MAC Championships history to post a 69 and the first since Hague in 2012.
Ball State will go off in the first wave of tee times for the final round Sunday starting at 8 a.m. The Cardinals will be playing alongside Bowling Green and Western Michigan for the second day in a row. Live scoring is available at birdiefire.com.
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