Ayora in Top 5, Round 2 Suspended at Jackson T. Stephens Cup

DALLAS – The No. 1 Arkansas women’s golf team sits in sixth place after 32 complete holes at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup, with the second round suspended due to darkness. Arkansas is led by Miriam Ayora, who is 5-under par thru 16 holes in the second round and in a tie for third on the leaderboard. The Hogs are six strokes behind fifth-place Texas A&M and nine behind the next spot, a three-way tie for second, which is 13-under par. After 54 holes, the top four teams advance to Wednesday’s match play.

After her seventh birdie thru 14 holes in the second round, Ayora found herself in first place on the leaderboard. However, back-to-back bogeys and a birdie followed by an eagle by Texas A&M’s Adela Cernousek slid Ayora down to third. Ayora carded an even-par 72 in the first round. She was 1-under par going into her final hole, the ninth, but bogeyed that hole to sit at even par. In the afternoon, Ayora was in the beast mode with those seven birdies to move her up 16 spots. Her 11 total birdies ties for a tournament’s best. The senior will finish her final two holes tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

Maria José Marin finished the first round with a 2-under 70, logging four birdies and 12 pars. She finished her final 10 holes in that first round bogeyless. José Marin had some troubles in the second round, currently two-over par in that round with three holes left to play, and will do so at 8:30 a.m. The freshman is in a tie for 20th.

Reagan Zibilski finished all 36 holes on Monday, finishing the day with a 1-over 144 (71-73). In the first round, Zibilski was 3-under par and bogeyless after 12 holes, but a double bogey on four and a bogey had her finishing that round at 1-under 71, still a season’s best score in a round. In the second round, Zibilski was 36 on the front and 37 on the back, finishing that round with two big birdies. She is in a tie for 20th with José Marin and two other players.

After he first round not counting toward the Hogs’ score, Kendall Todd turned on the jets late in the second round. The junior had one birdie and 13 pars in the first round, but four bogeys put her over par with a 75 after 18 holes. After a 37 on the front nine in the second round, Todd finished strong with back-to-back birdies on holes 16 and 17 to log an even-par 72. She is in a tie for 30th with a 3-over 147 (75-72).

In a tie with Todd is Kajal Mistry, who shot a 74 in the first round and a 73 in the second. Mistry shot a 40 in her first nine holes off the back nine but finished that first round with three birdies and just one bogey to log a 74. In the second round, Mistry started strong with three birdies on the front nine, four total, but five total bogeys put her back over par to tally a 73.



T3 – Miriam Ayora – 72=72 (-5) -> has 2 more holes and is -5 thru 16 in round 2
T20 – Maria José Marin – 70=70 (E) -> has 3 more holes and +2 thru 15 in round 2
T20 – Reagan Zibilski – 71-73=143 (E)
T30 – Kendall Todd – 75-72=75 (+3)
T30 – Kajal Mistry – 74-73=147 (+3)



1 – No. 12 Texas – 284-276=560 (-16)
T2 – No. 6 South Carolina – 279=279 (-13) -> -4 thru 11-15 holes in round 2
T2 – No. 2 Stanford – 283=283 (-13) -> -8 thru 15-18 holes in round 2
T2 – No. 3 Wake Forest – 280=280 (-13) -> -5 thru 15-18 holes in round 2
5 – No. 5 Texas A&M – 285=285 (-7) -> -7 thru 11-15 holes in round 2
6 – No. 1 Arkansas – 287=287 (-4) -> -3 thru 15-18 holes in round 2
7 – No. 18 Duke – 289=289 (-1) -> -2 thru 11-15 holes in round 2


The second round will resume at 8:30 a.m. Following the conclusion of the second round, Arkansas will play round three at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup tomorrow and will look to finish inside the top four to advance into Wednesday’s match play. Coverage of tomorrow’s round will be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 4-7 p.m. Central Time.


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