Bears lean on lead in second round of Rainbow Wahine Invitational

KAPOLEI, Hawaii – Baylor Britta snyder led the bear brigade to the top of the leaderboard on Tuesday at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, one of five bears in the top 10.

Baylor gave themselves more leeway in the second round with a team score of 10 under 278, giving them the best team score for the second day in a row.

Snyder shot a 68-under-4 and holds a three-stroke lead, for the individual title, entering Wednesday’s final round. She played steadily on the top nine, scoring a par 36, but relinquished her lead overnight. A birdie par 4 11e, would kick off a streak of three birdies in four holes to regain the lead. A win on Wednesday would be Snyder’s first individual title of his career.

Senior Gurleen Kaur is only three strokes behind her teammate, tied for second place. She was gunned down to start on Tuesday, registering five birdies in her opening nine holes to reach the top of the standings at six under par. After a pair of double bogeys on the back nine, Kaur rebounded well with an eagle and a par over the No.17 and No.18 to shoot a 69-under-three.

First-year student Antonia Matte also got off to a good start with an under 35 of the top nine. After a bogey to start her return nine, Matte birdied four of her last seven holes to tie Kaur for the second fastest lap of the day, a 69 under three, placing her in fourth place alone.

Second year Rosie Belsham recorded Baylor’s fourth and final tally score. She was two out of 16 holes, but closed strong with birdies at No.17 and No.18 to register a par of 72, and ended up tied for 5e place.

Hannah karg, who plays individually this week, got off to a good start with 10 consecutive starts to open the round. Two birdies in a four-hole stretch brought her into red figures before signing for an even par 72 to end up tied for 9e place, entering Wednesday.

First-year student BaiMai Seema also got off to a flying start on Tuesday. She birdied five of her first seven holes en route to a three-under 33 on the first nine. She finished with a back-nine 40 to score the best score of her young career, one in 73.

The Bears hold a 19-stroke lead heading into the final round which begins at 2:40 p.m. CST on Wednesday.

STRONG POINTS

  • Baylor continued their dominance over par 4s, playing them at +4 for the week, 12 shots better than any other team.
  • Baylor played all ten shots in par 5 (-10) better than anyone on the field.
  • The Bears 41 birdies are the most numerous on the field, 11 more than the closest team.
  • Gurleen Kaur recorded one of the tournament’s two eagles at number 17, in the second round.
  • Kaur played par 5 to six under over two rounds which leads the field.
  • Britta snyder leads the field in the par 4, playing them at an average of 3.85.
  • Snyder’s 12 birdies in two rounds are the most successful by anyone on the court.
  • Hannah karg a 29 starts in two laps, to lead the peloton.

STAT OF THE DAY:
Britta snyder score of 136 in two rounds, equal to the best 36 hole score of his career.

AND AFTER

Baylor will look to end the Rainbow Wahine Invitational with a win on Wednesday. The Bears will leave tee # 1 starting with BaiMai Seema at 2:40 p.m. (CST). Rose Belsham will start at 2:48 p.m. (CST) followed by Antonia Matte at 2:56 p.m. (CST). Gurleen Kaur will leave at 3:04 p.m. (CST), while Britta snyder will seek his first career victory at 3:12 p.m. CST. Hannah karg will start at 3:20 p.m. (CST), aiming to be the top-ranked person. Live scores and statistics are available on Golfstat.com. For more information on Baylor Women’s Golf, follow @BaylorWGolf on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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