TCU Off to a Solid Start in Lady Boilermaker

Senior D'Rae Ward leads the Horned Frogs in the Lady Boilermaker.

Senior D'Rae Ward leads the Horned Frogs in the Lady Boilermaker.

April 10, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After two rounds of Purdue's Lady Boilermaker Invitational at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind., the TCU women's golfers are just one stroke out of the lead. With senior D'Rae Ward tied for seventh and sophomores Camille Blackerby and Catherine Matranga tied for ninth, the Horned Frogs follow one step behind Northwestern.

Amanda Costner of Kansas, Ina Kim of Northwestern, and Nicole Melton of Texas A&M each share a piece of first place at even par, while TCU's Ward shot a four-over par two rounds (73-75=148) to sit in a two-way tie for seventh. Meanwhile, Blackerby and Matranga each carded a five-over score (76-73=149, 72-77=149, respectively) to share ninth place.

Also for the Horned Frogs, sophomore Stacey Bieber holds a piece of 21st place with a 78-75=153 (+9) first-day performance. Sophomore Elin Emanuelsson shot a 16-over 84-76=160 for a tie of 49th and freshman Elisa Gomez suffered a tough second round (88-95=183) to finish 76th.

Northwestern holds the top spot with a 21-over (597) mark while TCU lurks one stroke behind at 22-over (598). Host Purdue rounds out the top three at a 26-over 605.

The tournament wraps up tomorrow in the final round of 18 holes.

TEAM RESULTS (Top Five): 1. Northwestern, 292-305=597 (+21); 2. TCU, 299-299=598 (+22); 3. Purdue, 301-301=602 (+26); 4. Kent State, 300-305=605 (+29); 5. Michigan, 309-297=606 (+30).

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: T1. Amanda Costner, Kansas, 73-71=144 (E); T1. Ina Kim, Northwestern, 69=75=144 (E); T1. Nicole Melton, Texas A&M, 73-71=144 (E); T4. Myrte Eikenaar, Purdue, 75-71=146 (+2); T4. O. Sattayabanphot, Purdue, 71-75=146 (+2)



TCU RESULTS: T7. D'Rae Ward, 73-75=148 (+4); T9. Camille Blackerby, 76-73=149 (+5); T9. Catherine Matranga, 72-77=149 (+5); T21. Stacey Bieber, 78-75=153 (+9); T49. Elin Emanuelsson, 84-76=160 (+16); 76. Elisa Gomez, 88-95=183 (+39).

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