Arriaga in first, UTSA remains in second after 36 holes of Conference USA Championship
GULF SHORES, Ala. — Fabiola Arriaga took over sole possession of the individual lead and UTSA remained in second place after the second round of the Conference USA Championship, which continued on Tuesday at the Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club (par 72/6,145 yards).
Arriaga entered day two in a three-way tie for first place after carding a career-best-tying 4-under-par 68 on Monday. The senior now has a three-shot lead after posting a three-under 69 on the strength of four birdies and just one bogey in the second round. The Torreon, Mexico, native leads the field in par-4 (-2) and par-5 scoring (-7) and she has registered a tournament-best 10 birdies and an eagle with 18 holes remaining.
Her 36-hole total of seven-under 137 is ahead of Tulane's duo of Gemma Dryburgh (140) and Emily Penttila (141). Arriaga, who tied for first but lost a sudden-death playoff at the 2011 Southland Conference Championship as a freshman, is aiming to become UTSA's third league medalist in the program's nine-year history.
Fellow senior Taylor Newlin also is in the top 10 after improving upon an opening-round 73 with an even-par 72. The Frisco native is in a four-way tie for sixth at one-over 145, which is one stroke out of the top five.
UTSA also received a 75 from Brogan Townend and a 76 from Aimee Ponte on Tuesday. Townend, a sophomore from Blackburn, England, is tied for 17th (148), while Ponte, a freshman from St. Sampson's U.K., is tied for 38th (154), two shots behind freshman teammate Libby Thomas, who is tied for 32nd (152).
The Roadrunners are in second place, six shots behind No. 34 Tulane. UTSA carded a 292 and is at two-over 578, while the Green Wave are at four-under 572 (281-291). Old Dominion is third (588), followed by FIU (590) and Middle Tennessee (591) in the 13-team field.
The final round will get underway with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Roadrunners are slated to go off No. 1 beginning at 8:40 a.m.