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Senior Mila Chaves tied for fourth individually; Aztecs just three shots behind cutoff line in 11th place


Photo:  Mila Chaves is tied for fourth after 36 holes at the San Francisco Regional.  Courtesy

May 8, 2018 (San Francisco) - San Diego State’s Mila Chaves (Asunción, Paraguay) fired a 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday to lead the Aztec women’s golf team during the second round of the NCAA San Francisco Regional at TPC Harding Park Golf Course. With her score, the SDSU senior carded the squad’s lone red figure of the day, jumping into a seven-way tie for fourth place individually at 3-under 141 heading into Wednesday’s final round on the par-72, 6,369-yard track.

As a team, SDSU slipped four places in the standings into the 11th spot at 7-over 583 after logging a second-round 294. Despite the stumble, the Aztecs remain just three shots in back of the cutoff line for sixth place currently occupied by Oklahoma State (+4), while Louisville (+5) and North Carolina (+5) are tied for seventh, followed by Pepperdine (+6) and Colorado (+6), which are tied for ninth.

Incredibly, just eight strokes separate the top 11 schools in the 18-team field, with Kent State (-2) and Stanford (-2) sharing the second-round lead, followed closely by UCLA (-1). The top six teams and three low individuals not on those squads advance out of regional competition into the NCAA championship series, set for May 18-23, in Stillwater, Okla.

The reigning Mountain West individual champion, Chaves shook off a bogey on the first green with five birdies over a nine-hole stretch through the turn, capped by a successful drain on the par-4, 380-yard No. 13, which ranks as the second-toughest hole of the week thus far. Despite consecutive bogeys at No. 15 and No. 16, Chaves still managed to climb six places on the leaderboard, where Hira Naveed of Pepperdine (-5) vaulted into the top spot after shooting a second-round 67, while the Stanford’s Andrea Lee (-4) and Emily Wang (-4) are tied for second.

In addition, Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.) finds herself four shots behind Chaves in a tie for 24th at 1-over 145 after posting a 74 on Tuesday. The Aztec senior notched a birdie of her own on the 13th green to go with another drain at the par-3, 165-yard No. 17, but two bogeys on either side of the turn proved too much to overcome.

Elsewhere, fellow classmate Georgia Lacey (Del Mar, Calif.) occupies the 43rd spot at 4-over 148 after shooting a second-round 76. The Torrey Pines High alumna recorded 12 pars to go with a birdie at No. 17, but it wasn’t enough to ease the sting of five bogeys.

Rounding out the SDSU delegation were freshmen Gioia Carpinelli (Boppelsen, Switzerland) and Sara Kjellker (Hollviken, Sweden), who both ended the day in a tie for 72nd at 8-over 152.

Carpinelli matched Krause with a 74, highlighted by birdies on the first and fourth greens, while Kjellker registered a team-high 13 pars before settling for a 77.

The NCAA San Francisco Regional concludes on Wednesday when San Diego State tees off with Pepperdine and South Carolina starting at 8:05 a.m. on hole No. 10.

2018 San Francisco Regional

Round Two Results

TPC Harding Park G.C.

San Francisco, Calif.

Par 72, 6,369 yards

Team Scores

(Top six teams after three rounds advance to NCAA Championships

T1. Kent State                                    284-290—574 (-2)

T1. Stanford                                       287-287—574 (-2)

3. UCLA                                              280-295—575 (-1)

T4. Oregon                                         287-290—577 (+1)

T4. Ole Miss                                       290-287—577 (+1)

6. Oklahoma State                            291-289—580 (+4)

T7. Louisville                                      287-294—581 (+5)

T7. North Carolina                             289-292—581 (+5)

T9. Pepperdine                                  297-285—582 (+5)

T9. Colorado                                       284-298—582 (-4)

11. San Diego State                           289-294—583 (+7)

12. South Carolina                            296-289—585 (+12)

13. California                                     297-292—589 (+13)

14. NC State                                       296-296—592 (+16)

15. Princeton                                    305-299—604 (+28)

16. Long Beach State                        304-304—608 (+32)

17. Grand Canyon                             306-304—610 (+34)

18. Farleigh Dickinson                     315-312—627 (+51)

Individual Leaders (Top 10 of 96 players + SDSU)

1. Hira Naveed, Pepperdine             72-67—139 (-5)

T2. Andrea Lee, Stanford                  66-74—140 (-4)

T2. Emily Wang, Stanford                 71-69—140 (-4)

T4. Mila Chaves, SDSU           71-70—141 (-3)

T4. Emma Broze, Oklahoma St.       72-69—141 (-3)

T4. Kathleen Scavo, Oregon             70-71—141 (-3)

T4. Marthe Wold, California             71-70—141 (-3)

T4. Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA            68-73—141 (-3)

T4. Brittany Fan, Colorado                66-75—141 (-3)

T4. Mariel Galdiano, UCLA               66-75—141 (-3)


T24. Haleigh Krause, SDSU     71-74—145 (+1)

T43. Georgia Lacey, SDSU      72-76—148 (+4)

T72. Gioia Carpinelli, SDSU     78-74—152 (+8)

T72. Sara Kjellker, SDSU        75-77—152 (+8)

Day two results

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