Hogs Extend Lead to 14 Strokes; José Marin in Front After Two Rounds at BCI

FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas women’s golf team broke an 18-hole and 36-hole Blessings Collegiate Invitational women’s record on day two of the Hogs’ home tournament, shooting an 8-under 285 on Tuesday. With an 11-under 565 thru 36 holes, Arkansas holds a 14-shot cushion over Mississippi State who is 3-over par thru 36 holes. Four Hogs are in the top five after two rounds, led by Maria José Marin who is 10-under par with a 3-shot lead.


The Hogs got round two started on hole 10 in the morning slot, as José Marin and Miriam Ayora began the day with birdies. Arkansas saw some troubles on holes 12 and 14 but began to settle in throughout the back nine. José Marin shot a 67 for the second consecutive day, doing so with eight birdies. The freshman leads the tournament with 16 total birdies and a 3.75 par 4s average. She is going into Wednesday with a 10-under 134 (67-67).

Ayora had another solid day on the course, staying put at third place with a 4-under 140 (70-70) thru 36 holes. Ayora’s second consecutive 70 was accomplished behind five birdies and 10 pars. She is three shots behind second place.

Kendall Todd came up with a big birdie on hole 5 to help her finish under par for the day with a 1-under 71. After a bogey on the 11th hole, the junior settled in and tallied two birdies and no bogeys through the rest of the back nine. Although she had two bogeys on the front, she made ground with birdies on two and five. Todd moved eight spots up the leaderboard after her performance today, sitting in the top 10 with a 1-over 145 (74-71).

Reagan Zibilski turned it on when she needed to, logging back-to-back-to-back birdies on holes five, six and seven to finish with an even 72. The sophomore was 38 thru the back nine, but her four birdies on the front helped her finish the front with a 34. With a 3-over 147 (75-72), Zibilski enters the final round in a tie for 16th.

Kajal Mistry stays in a tie for 19th with a 4-over 148 (74-74). Mistry was superb in the team’s first nine holes, going bogeyless while tallying two birdies for a 34 on the back. Her four bogeys on the front put her over par for the day.

Arkansas leads the tournament with the best par 4s average at 4.03, as well as pars (101) and birdies (47).


Arkansas’ second team, composed of individuals, started the day on the first tee. Although the team had two bogeys on the first hole, four players made birdies on hole two. One of those players was Abbey Schutte, who made a birdie on the third hole as well. Schutte finished the round with her second consecutive 71, remaining in a tie for fifth with a 2-under 142 (71-71). On Tuesday, Schutte made four birdies and had 11 pars.

Ela Anacona, who is coming off a 68 on Monday, was 1-over par in the second round. Anacona made three birdies and 11 pars, sitting in fourth place in the field with a 3-under 141 (68-73).

Julia Gregg started the day strong with back-to-back birdies on her first two holes, finishing with three on the day along with 12 pars. She found trouble on holes four, six and 14, finishing the day with a 3-over 75. In a tie for 19th, Gregg holds a 4-over 148 (73-75) going into tomorrow’s round.

Cory Lopez shot a 78 on Tuesday, logging two birdies. Lopez is 14-over par (79-78) and tied for 41st through two rounds. Giovanna Fernandez shot a 78 in the second round and is 17-over par (83-78) and tied for 46th.


1 – Maria José Marin – 67-67=134 (-10)
3 – Miriam Ayora – 70-70=140 (-4)
4 – Ela Anacona* – 68-73=141 (-3)
T5 – Abbey Schutte* – 71-71=142 (-2)
T10 – Kendall Todd – 74-71=145 (+1)
T16 – Reagan Zibilski – 75-72=147 (+3)
T19 – Kajal Mistry – 74-74=148 (+4)
T19 – Julia Gregg* – 73-75=148 (+4)
T41 – Cory Lopez *– 79-78=157 (+13)
T46 – Giovanna Fernandez* – 83-78=161 (+17)

* – Individual


1 – No. 3 Arkansas – 285-280=565 (-11)
2 – No. 29 Mississippi State – 289-290=579 (+3)
3 – No. 9 Clemson – 303-283=586 (+10)
4 – No. 3 Arkansas (B) – 291-297=588 (+12) (all individuals)
5 – No. 5 South Carolina – 295-294=589 (+13)
6 – No. 38 North Texas – 304-289=593 (+17)
7 – Washington – 295-301=596 (+20)
8 – NC State – 301-302=603 (+27)
9 – No. 42 Minnesota – 312-298=610 (+34)
10 – No. 28 Kentucky – 311-303=614 (+38)


The Hogs will play the final round of the Blessings Collegiate Invitational, tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 4. Arkansas’ group of individuals will tee off from hole 1 at 8:15 a.m. and the team group will also go off 1 at 9:45 a.m. Admission to Blessings Golf Club is free and coverage of the tournament will be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.


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