BLANCO, Texas -- Sarah Westaway was one of only nine golfers to post two rounds in the 70s Sunday on a windy day that featured both scoring opportunities and trouble at the Jim West Challenge.
Westaway sits in a tie for 11th place individually through 36 holes to lead the Ball State women's golf team, which will enter Monday's final round just four strokes out of second place in the 12-team field.
Ball State is tied for eighth, but teams two through 10 on the leaderboard are separated by only six shots. Everyone is chasing tournament host Texas State, which owns an 18-stroke lead on the rest of the field with a two-round score of 621 (304-317).
The final 18 holes are scheduled to begin Monday at 8:15 a.m. CT (9:15 ET) on the par-72, 6,216-yard layout at the Vaaler Creek Golf Club. Live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
Westaway tied for the fourth-best score in Sunday's opening round with a 5-over par 77 and then briefly found herself at the top of the leaderboard early in round two. The junior from Ontario closed with a 36-hole total of 156 (77-79) that puts her just three strokes out of third place entering the final day.
Illinois State's Rachel Powers leads the field individually at 4-over par 148.
Ball State made a significant improvement as a team in Sunday's second round, firing a team score of 313 after opening with a 331. Jenna Hague and Zoe Camus made the biggest jumps individually. Hague carded a 77 in the second round and Camus a 78 after both golfers opened with an 85.
Hague is tied for 25th along with teammate Autumn Duke with a score of 162. Duke fired rounds of 83 and 79, highlighted by three straight birdies and five total in her second round. Camus is one shot back in a tie for 29th at 163 as the Cardinals join Texas State as the only teams with four golfers in the top 30.
Meghan Perry, who eagled the par-5 eighth hole in the second round, is tied for 46th at 169 (85-84) to round out the Ball State lineup. BSU freshman Karley Dobis, competing as an individual, sits in 45th place at 168 (82-86).
In the team race, Illinois State will enter the final day in second place at 639, followed by Louisiana-Monroe, Eastern Michigan and Arkansas State at 640, East Tennessee State and UTEP at 641, and Ball State and Middle Tennessee at 643. North Texas is also in the mix at 645.