STILLWATER, Okla. – Ball State women's golfer Jenna Hague carded her second straight round of 77 on Friday at the NCAA Central Regional.
The junior from Burlington, Ontario, will enter Saturday’s final round in a tie for 65th at 10 over par. She will play in the morning wave, teeing off at 8:25 a.m. CT (9:25 ET) at Oklahoma State's Karsten Creek Golf Club.
"I saw some definite improvements in my ball-striking today, which I was pleased with," Hague said. "I did give away a lot of shots around the greens, though. I'm hoping tomorrow I will be able to put the two together. It's such a demanding golf course, and you really have to be on top of your game."
Kent State's Wad Phaewchimplee continues to hold the individual lead at 6 under after posting a second-round 73. She owns a four-shot advantage on Dana Finkelstein of UNLV. UCLA (+12) moved to the top of a tight team leaderboard, while California (+13) is a close second.
Hague collected herself Friday after her first double bogey of the tournament left her at 6 over on her round through 12 holes. Finishing the day on the front nine, she played her final six holes in 1 under, including birdies on the seventh and ninth.
Hague, who earned a spot in the regional field as an individual, made three total birdies on the day. Her first came at the par-5 14th.
She made the turn at 3 over after a 39 on the back side. She then followed a bogey at the second hole, her 11th, with the double bogey at the par-3 third after hitting her tee shot right into the hazard and then having to play her third shot from a deep bunker.
But she bounced back by making three consecutive pars before a birdie-bogey-birdie finish to the day. She knocked in a 15-footer at the par-3 seventh and stuck her approach inside of three feet at No. 9.
Hague is the second Ball State women's golfer ever to play in an NCAA Regional. Brittany Kelly earned a spot in the 2011 tournament as an individual.
A total of 24 teams plus six individuals are competing this week at Karsten Creek. The top eight teams along with the top two individuals not associated with one of those teams will advance to the NCAA Nationals.
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