LEBANON, Tenn. – High winds and inclement weather forced the postponement of the 23rd Annual NAIA Women’s Golf Championships at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Cumberland completed its first round and finished its second round of play on Wednesday, but more than half of the field did not complete its second round.
Junior Abbey Burgdorf carded an opening-round 83 and followed that with an eight-over par 80 on Wednesday, netting 11 pars and a birdie on the par-3 third hole. All of the Phoenix players began their rounds at No. 12 and the Ashland, Ohio, native was one-over before a triple bogey at No. 18. She posted bogey-birdie-double bogey on holes 2-4 and finished with five straight pars.
Junior Morgan Stuckey recorded a first-round 86 and also shot 80 in the second round on Wednesday with nine pars and a pair of birdies. The Milan, Tenn., native tallied a triple bogey on No. 13 but that followed with a birdie on the par-5 14th hole. She carded a three-over 39 on holes 1-9 with a birdie at No. 1 and four pars en route to her 80.
Junior Savanna Strode improved her score by eight strokes in the second round, registering a 93 on Tuesday before a second-round 86. The Celina, Tenn., native started the round with par-bogey-birdie but then collected a pair of double bogeys and two pars to make the turn. She recorded four pars and three bogeys on the front nine and finished with a double bogey and a bogey for an 86.
Sophomore Anna Leigh Cleveland shot an 89 on Wednesday with six pars and a birdie, a round that could have been better if not for a triple bogey at No. 16 and an eight on the par-3 17th hole. The Lebanon native made three pars and a bogey on her first seven holes and collected two pars, a bogey and a birdie at the par-3 third hole. She finished the round with six bogeys and a par.
Freshman Raquel Romero Valverde carded a second consecutive 90 in the second round with a 10 at No. 1 sinking her round. The Palafrugell, Spain, native posted six pars and nine bogeys along with two doubles, good enough for a score in the mid-80’s, but the five-over at No. 1 aided in her second straight 90.
As a team Cumberland ranked 26th out of 30 schools after the first round with a 352 but improved to 335 on Wednesday, moving up four spots to 22nd when the weather halted the round.
t70. Abbey Burgdorf – 83-80=163
t86. Morgan Stuckey – 86-80=166
t134. Raquel Romero Valverde – 90-90=180
t134. Savanna Strode – 93-86=180
t146. Anna Leigh Cleveland – 94-89=183
1. Oklahoma City University – 306
2. Dalton State College – 315
t3. USC-Beaufort – 316
t3. Embry Riddle [AZ] – 316
5. William Carey – 317
6. British Columbia – 318
7. Southeastern University – 319
t8. SCAD-Savannah – 320
t8. Texas Wesleyan – 320
t10. William Woods – 322
t10. Keiser University – 323
t10. Northwestern Ohio – 323
13. Indiana Tech – 324
14. SCAD-Atlanta – 329
15. University of the Cumberlands – 331
16. William Penn – 332
t17. Oregon Tech – 333
t17. Faulkner University – 333
t17. Campbellsville University – 333
20. Milligan College – 335
21. Thomas University – 338
22. Midway University – 341
t23. Lewis-Clark State – 350
t23. Bellevue University – 350
25. Victoria University – 351
26. Cumberland University – 352
t27. Cardinal Stritch – 355
t27. Briar Cliff University – 355
29. Oklahoma Wesleyan – 357
30. Taylor University – 359