Aug. 3, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma golfers Emily Collins and Taylor Schmidt climbed into the top 20 of the three-day Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship in Dahlonega, Ga., on Wednesday. The pair shot a second-round, 5-under-par 67 in the best-ball portion of the event and is tied for 20th place out of 55 two-person teams.
Collins, a sophomore, and Schmidt, a junior, entered the day in a tie for 26th place at +5 after a first-round score of 77 in Tuesday's alternating-shot format.
With Wednesday's best-ball format, teams of two played their own ball and used the lower of the two scores on each hole.
"I felt like we both played well today," said Collins, who competed last month in the U.S. Women's Open. "We left some putts out there but had fun and didn't make any bogeys, which is good."
Added Schmidt, "Today was a solid day out there for both of us. We both hit the ball well and contributed when needed. If we are able to sink some puts tomorrow and stay focused, we will do great."
Collins recorded four birdies on the day, including three over the first five holes of the back nine. Schmidt birdied the par-3 fifth hole.
A trio of pairs are tied for the lead at 11 under par. They are Caroline Powers and Lindsey Solberg of Michigan State, Marina Alex and Lauren Stratton of Vanderbilt and Elizabeth Brightwell and Portland Rosen of Virginia.
Thursday's final round will feature an aggregate-score format whereby each team score will consist of the two individual totals added together.
"Tomorrow should be fun," said Collins. "I think we are both playing well and have the right attitude, so we are excited to continue play."
Collins and Schmidt will tee off Thursday at 8:10 a.m. ET on hole No. 1. Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com.