April 8, 2013
HOOVER, Ala. ----- Jessica Rouillard closed out day one of the Samford Intercollegiate with a one-over par 73 to finish at 156 and in a tie for 11th place. As a team, the Blazers sit in seventh place going into the final round with a team total of 660.
The Blazers got off to a slow start for the tournament, shooting a team score of 338 in the opening 18 holes on day one. But UAB regrouped and shot a 322 in the second round, an improvement of 16 strokes, to finish at 660 and in seventh place.
“We were planning on having all nine girls play in the tournament but had a couple players have to withdraw because of injuries and I think that affected the girls in the morning round,” said head coach Kim Wilcox. “They relaxed and settled down in the second round and shot much better.”
Rouillard led the way for the Blazers with a 36-hole score of 156. She rebounded from an opening round 83 with a one-over par round of 73 to finish day one. Holly Robinson is tied for 25th place after 36 holes with a score of 163. Margaret Yeh improved 10 strokes from round one to round two where she fired a eight-over par 80. Amanda Richey and Jaime Ritter rounded out the team scoring for the Blazers with rounds of 171 and 186, respectively.
“Jessica was really solid in the second round. She told me after our practice round yesterday that she could play this course and she did that in the afternoon round,” added Wilcox.
Host, Samford University, leads the tournament after the 36 holes with a team score of 617. Lamar University and Jacksonville State are close behind at 620 and 624, respectively. West Florida’s Erin Olsson leads the race for medalist honors with a two-over par 146.
The final round will begin with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. CT on Tuesday at Hoover Country Club.