The Edmond Sun

May 6, 2013

Seng boosts UCO to lead with strong finish

The Edmond Sun

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. —  A strong closing stretch by Aly Seng and a solid start by Taylor Neidy fueled a second-round Central Oklahoma comeback that vaulted the Bronchos into the lead at the NCAA Division II Super Regional Three Tournament in St. Joseph, Mo. Tuesday.

 Seng played the final 11 holes at even par to rally for a 78 and Neidy matched that score on the strength of an opening-nine 37 as UCO finished with a 318 to surge from third to first in the team standings.

 The Bronchos have a 641 total after two trips around the par-72 St. Joseph Country Club, good for a three-shot advantage over first-day leader Augustana and an 11-stroke cushion over third-place Northeastern State.

 Final-round play in the 54-hole, nine-team tournament begins at 9 a.m., with the top three teams and first three individuals not on one of those teams advancing to the national tournament on May 15-18 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

 “We didn’t play great, but we were pretty steady and put ourselves in good position,” head coach Michael Bond said. “We want to finish strong and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow.”

 The 78s by Seng and Neidy led the way, with UCO also getting an 80 from Erica Bensch and 83s from Katie Bensch and Tressa Brumley.

 Seng was five-over-par through seven holes before finishing par-birdie to make the turn at 41 and the junior standout came back with eight pars and a lone bogey on the back nine for a 37.  She’s third in the individual standings with a 155 total, just one shot behind co-leaders Rebecka Surtevall of Arkansas Tech and Marisa Toivonen of Augustana.

 Neidy had a pair of birdies in playing the front nine at one-over before coming in with a 41 for her 78. She’s tied for 10th in the medalist race with a 163 total.

 Erica Bensch had two birdies in a front-nine 39 before closing with a 41 for the 80 that has her seventh with a 159 total.