May 23, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn. --- Two late bogeys put a damper what was a solid round by Rocio Sanchez Lobato in the second round of the NCAA Championships on Wednesday. Sanchez Lobato holed out from 135 yards on No. 15 to move to 1-over on the day, but then gave those strokes back at No. 17 and No. 18.
Sanchez Lobato signed for a 3-over 75 and is currently tied for 53rd overall at 149 halfway through the 72-hole tourney at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
"I thought the course played very difficult this afternoon," head coach Kelley Hester said. "It was nearly impossible to get the ball near the hole to a front hole location. At times, 'Ro' hit what you thought was a really good shot and it would end off over the green. It was not a bad round at all, but it stings a little bit when you finish with a couple of bogeys."
Firm greens were unsympathetic to virtually every approach and most putts longer than 10 feet.
In fact, Sanchez Lobato's birdie and eagle came only after hitting the flagstick and pin, respectively. At No. 6, she hit an 8-iron from 135 yards that hit the flagstick before settling about six feet from the hole. At No. 15, Sanchez Lobato used a 9-iron from about 145 yards that landed pin-high about 10 feet to the right of hole and released down a slight slope into the hole.
"The greens were faster and firmer today so it made it really complicated to stop the ball on the green and make very many birdies today," Sanchez Lobato said. "The birdies that I had were because they touched the flag and stayed close to the hole. You would hit a perfect shot and it would go past the pin. It wasn't easy."
Sanchez Lobato will play in the morning wave on Thursday, a welcome change.
"All the low scores came in the morning," Hester said. "You would really have to golf your ball to break 75 or 74 in the afternoon. All the red numbers came in the morning. We'll try to take advantage of that tomorrow and hopefully post a number."