Matranga tied for third at NCAA Championships
May 23, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- TCU senior Catherine Matranga shot a 1-under-par 71 and is tied for third individually while the Horned Frogs moved into a tie for 11th after Tuesday's second round of the NCAA Women's Golf National Championship.
Matranga's 71, which included six birdies, tied a TCU single-round record in NCAA Championship play. Rita Moore carded a final-round 71 in 1983 when the Horned Frogs won the national title.
After an opening-round 72, Matranga is at 1-under 143 with a tournament-best 10 birdies through 36 holes. The Fort Worth native is in a three-way deadlock for third with Duke's Amanda Blumenherst and UCLA's Tiffany Joh. Purdue's Christel Boeljon is two strokes ahead with a 2-under 141.
"I got off to a good start making a birdie on hole No. 1," Matranga said. "I messed up on the second one but, by hole six, I got on a little birdie train. Everything I started putting just went in."
Only two TCU golfers in eight previous NCAA Championship appearances have finished in the top 15.
TCU recorded an 11-over 299 to improve its team score by eight strokes over Monday's 307. The Frogs are tied with Wake Forest at 606, 19 shots behind leader Duke (587). The Blue Devils lead second-place UCLA (594) by seven strokes. TCU is just five shots behind fifth-place USC (601).
Keyed by an eagle on the 16th hole, TCU's Valentine Derrey was 2-under for the final 11 holes to finish with a 2-over 74. It was a 12-stroke improvement from round one for the All-Mountain West Conference selection.
Live scoring of Thursday's third round is available at www.golfstat.com. TCU will tee off at 11:30 a.m. CT in a group with Wake Forest and Vanderbilt.