ST. GEORGE, Utah — Nicole Schroeder fired a pair of 1-under 71s to lead the Oregon State women's golf team at the Entrada Classic on Monday.
Schroeder had nine birdies on the day — four in the first round and five in the second — to put her in a tie for third place with a 2-under 142. She has been under par in seven of 13 rounds during her sophomore campaign.).
As a team, Oregon State sits in fifth place after shooting a 14-over 291-299—590 at the par-72, 6,098-yard Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club.
The Beavers are in position to post their third top-five finish in as many spring tournaments, after finishing fifth at the Westbrook Spring Invitational and third at the Meadow Club Women's Intercollegiate.
Kent State leads the 14-team field with an even-par 576, while host BYU is second (2-over 578), North Carolina is third (9-over 585) and Texas Tech is fourth (11-over 587).
Pimnipa Panthong of Kent State (6-under 67-71—138) is four strokes ahead of Schroeder and Kendra Dalton of BYU (5-under 71-68—139) has a three-stroke edge.
The final round of the two-day, 54-hole tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Freshman Ellie Slama shot a bogey-free 3-under 69 in the first round but a 4-over 76 in the afternoon to slip 10 spots into a tie for 13th place with a 1-over 145.
Junior Olivia Benzin had a solid second round to move 14 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 28th place with a 6-over 77-73—150.
Sophomore Mari Nishiura, who is seeing her first action of the spring, is tied for 37th place with a 9-over 74-79—153 and senior Susie Cavanagh is tied for 50th after concluding the opening day with a 12-over 77-79—156.