LEBANON, Tenn. – Ana Laura Pages Preuss posted a one-over par 73 and Maria Pilar Scenna added a three-over 75 for Cumberland, helping the Phoenix make the cut on Wednesday after the second round of the 39th Annual NAIA Women’s Golf Championships on Tuesday in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The field was reduced to the Top 17 teams plus ties after 36 holes, with Cumberland standing ninth following two rounds of play on the West Course at Lincoln Park Golf Club. The Phoenix made the cut for the first time in program history.
Pages Preuss followed her opening-round 74 with a one-over 73, riding a roller coaster of birdies and bogeys on the front nine before settling down over the last 10 holes. The Mallorca, Spain, native collected three birdies and five bogeys in the first eight holes on Wednesday but then netted seven pars and a birdie before a bogey at No. 17. The junior got the stroke back with a birdie on 18.
Pilar Scenna started the day with two pars and then three straight birdies on holes 3-5 before another par for the freshman. The Marbella, Spain, native recorded four bogeys over a five-hole stretch from 7-11 but made par on five of the last seven holes for her three-over 75.
Senior Anna Leigh Cleveland rebounded with a second-round 78, including three birdies and eight pars. The Lebanon native shot five-over on the front nine with a pair of double bogeys before playing the final 10 holes of the day in one-over with birdies at holes 10 and 17.
Junior Raquel Romero Valverde had a rough start to her day a bogey, a double and a quadruple bogey on the first six holes. The Palafrugell, Spain, native settled down after that, posting 11 pars and one bogey over the last 12 holes for a seven-over 79.
Senior Kelsey Spivey registered two double bogeys and a bogey in the first four holes but netted an eagle at No. 5, one of seven on the day. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native collected five pars in the next seven holes but finished the round with five consecutive bogeys for an 82.
Cumberland trails overall leader University of British Columbia by 19 strokes but the two-day total of 609 is just six shots from the Top 5 heading into Thursday’s third round.
t11. Ana Laura Pages Preuss – 74-73=147
t38. Maria Pilar Scenna – 78-75=153
t53. Raquel Romero Valverde – 76-79=155
t76. Kelsey Spivey – 76-82=158
t132. Anna Leigh Cleveland – 91-78=169
1. University of British Columbia – 294-296=590
2. Keiser University – 297-296=593
3. SCAD-Savannah – 302-294=596
4. Dalton State College – 293-309=602
t5. Northwestern Ohio – 302-301=603
t5. University of the Cumberlands – 304-299=603
t7. Oklahoma City University – 287-319=606
t7. Loyola University [LA] – 300-306=606
9. Cumberland University – 304-305=609
10. William Carey – 298-313=611
t11. Oregon Tech – 304-314=618
t11. Taylor University – 313-305=618
13. Southeastern University – 316-303=619
14. Texas Wesleyan – 301-321=622
15. William Penn – 315-309=624
16. South Carolina-Beaufort – 309-316=625
17. SCAD-Atlanta – 312-315=627
18. Rocky Mountain College – 317-311=628
t19. Morningside College – 312-317=629
t19. Embry-Riddle [AZ] – 315-314=629
21. University of Victoria – 316-314=630
t22. Indiana Tech – 316-316=632
t22. Lindsey Wilson – 327-305=632
24. Coastal Georgia – 316-317=633
25. William Woods University – 322-318=640
26. Bellevue University – 327-320=647
27. Olivet Nazarene – 325-330=655
28. Oklahoma Wesleyan – 343-316=659
29. Midway University – 333-329=662
30. Vanguard University – 352-369=721