May 6, 2014
MANSFIELD, Texas - Western Washington University women's golfer Kristen Hansen moved up five spots into a tie for 23rd at the NCAA Division II West Super Regional on Tuesday at the Walnut Creek Country Club.
The third and final round takes place Wednesday.
Hansen, a sophomore from Spokane (graduate of Mead High School), shot a 9-over par 81 for a two-round total of 163.
"She grinded hard, but with the wind if you were not hitting well it was hard to score," said WWU head coach Bo Stephan.
She started out very solid and with the day like it was, a good round would have moved her up over a lot of people."
Hansen is among 48 golfers competing in the 54-hole tournament. The top three teams and the top three individuals not with an advancing team qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships on May 14-17 at Conover, N.C.
The medalist after 36 holes is Alyssa Smith from St. Edward's, who holds a two-stroke lead at 148 (73) over second-place Linda Brown from Cal State East Bay at 150 (71).
The first-day leader, Hee-Leina Kim from Colorado State-Pueblo, was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
St. Edward's tops the team standings for the second straight day at 617 (311), followed by Tarleton State (313=623) and Cal State East Bay (310=633).
Hansen was the 2014 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year, helping the Vikings to their third straight conference title. She led the GNAC with a 77.5 scoring average, finishing among the top 10 in six of nine tournaments.
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