TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 8, 2018) – Despite a marked improvement in the second round, ETSU’s Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) faces an uphill battle as she tries to reach the next level in the NCAA Tournament.
Loy fired a 1-over par 73 on Tuesday, in Round 2 of the Tallahassee Regional on a sunny, 87-degree day. That’s three shots better than Monday’s first round. But her two-day total of 149 has her 13 strokes out of a spot in the National Championships, which start May 17.
Eighteen teams and six at-large players qualified for the Tallahassee Regional. The top six teams, and the top three players not on those teams, earn a trip to nationals. Loy's showing Tuesday moved her up 13 spots to a tie for 48th overall out of a field of 96 players. The top six teams are Alabama, Washington, Florida State, Clemson, Furman, and Arizona.
Going into tomorrow’s final round, Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest holds the top spot for players outside the top six teams. Kupcho fired a 64 Tuesday, the best round of the day, putting her at 8-under 134 for tournament. (Wake Forest is 7th in the team standings, three shots behind Arizona.)
Jillian Hollis of Georgia and Michaela Williams of Tennessee currently hold the second and third advancement spots. They’re tied for 4th overall on the leaderboard at 136. Georgia is 9th in the team standings, eight shots out of the top six, and Tennessee is tied with Vanderbilt for 10th, ten shots back.
Loy started Tuesday’s round on the back nine. She bogeyed the par-4 11th hole and the par-3 13th. A bogey on the par-4 16th put her 3-over at the turn.
Loy began the front nine with a birdie on the par-4 1st but bogeyed the par-4 5th hole. After three straight pars, she closed with a flourish, dropping in birdies on the par-4 7th hole and the par-5 9th.
Loy will begin Wednesday’s round the same place she started Tuesday – on the back nine, at the par-5, 498-yard 10th hole. She’s appearing in her second straight NCAA Tournament as an at-large invitee, the first ETSU player to do so.
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