May 19, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma golfer Ellen Mueller shot a 4-over-par 76 in the second round of the NCAA Championships in Wilmington, N.C., Wednesday on the 6,368-yard Country Club of Landfall layout. Her overall score of 149 (+5) places her in a tie for 52nd place out of 126 competitors halfway through the 72-hole tournament.
Mueller, representing the Sooners individually, shot a 36 (+2) on the front nine with bogeys on holes No. 3, 5 and 8, and a birdie on the par-4 seventh hole. On the back nine, Mueller recorded bogeys on holes No. 12 and 13 before registering par on the final five holes.
Severe weather delayed play twice Wednesday and prohibited some competitors from completing their second round. Golfers who fell into that category will conclude their round with a shotgun start early Thursday morning.
"We had a long day at the golf course," said OU head coach Veronique Drouin. "Ellen played solid considering all the delays we had. It's always tough to concentrate during weather delays."
Said Mueller, "I am hitting the ball well, just not converting my birdie opportunities. The last few holes I made some great putts to save par. My putting stroke is starting to feel really solid, so hopefully I can make more putts tomorrow and put up a low score."
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USC is in front in the 24-team competition with a score of 570 (-6). Alabama is in second, six strokes behind the Trojans.
Individually, Arizona State's Jennifer Johnson leads the field of 126 competitors, sitting at 137 (-7) after 36 holes of play.
Mueller, who entered the day tied for 30th place after her first-round 73 (+1), qualified for nationals by finishing in a tie for seventh place at the NCAA West Regional (May 6-8) in Stanford, Calif., with a three-round score of 219 (+6).
She holds a program-best 74.35 season stroke average and has posted seven top-10 finishes in her 13 events this season.
Coverage of Mueller's play at the 2010 NCAA Championships will continue here at SoonerSports.com and on the OU women's golf program's new Twitter page. Live stats will be available at GolfStat.com.