Munsch Makes Three Birdies in Shooting 75

April 23, 2002 · MT Media Relations
NICEVILLE, Fla. - Tamara Munsch shot a second-round 75 that included three sand saves on the front nine and a pair of birdies on the back, as the Middle Tennessee Lady Raiders shot a team-score of 326 at the Sun Belt Championships here at The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay. The Lady Raiders have a two-round total of 646, placing them eighth heading into Wednesday's final round.

Munsch spent most of the opening nine in the sand, finding the trap on five holes but making sand saves at Nos. 2, 3 and 8 to shoot one-over on the first nine. The sophomore was two-over for her round until a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole on the Magnolia Course, her 13th hole of the day.

The Hays, Kan., native made another birdie two holes later to pull even for her round and had a four-foot birdie attempt at the par-5 seventh. Her five-footer slid by, and then Munsch four-putted at the par-3 eighth and three-putted the final hole to finish with a 75 for the day. Munsch stands tiedfor sixth after two days, 10 shots behind tournament leader Rachel Bailey of New Mexico State, who shot a second-round 66 and is the only player under par in the field.

Kandace Burnett, who shot an opening-round 75, shot 78 on Tuesday but was assessed a two-shot penalty following the round for an incorrect ball placement. Burnett stands at 75-80-155, tied for 11th with four others.

Kristin Lynch made a three-shot improvement over her opening round, firing an 80 on Tuesday that included a chip-in birdie on the sixth hole and another birdie on the Bay Course. It was her lowest score since a second-round 80 at the Chris Banister Classic last month. The Tullahoma, Tenn., native is tied for 33rd after two rounds.

"We can't count on three rounds. We have to shoot four consistent rounds and preferably four in the 70's," head coach Rachael Moore said. "Tomorrow we can't waste shots and we have to take care of business. Today we let a few bad shots snowball into a lot of bad shots and that really hurt us. We have to be able to step up and recover from that very quickly."

Moore said Munsch shot a good round but let it get away from her a bit on the last few holes.

"Tamara did a good job of getting back to even after going down early. I think she was pressing a little at the end and got a little greedy on the last few holes, but she has the swing and the talent and the mental abilities to go low any day."

Kemmerlee Pennington and Amanda Harter both struggled, shooting 91 and 92, respectively. Pennington stands at 175 after two rounds, with Harter just one shot back.

The final round of the conference championships are Wednesday, which will mark the end of the Lady Raiders inaugural season. The Lady Raiders will tee off at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday in the final round, paired with Western Kentucky.

8th - 320-326=651
t6. Tamara Munsch, 78-75-153
t11. Kandace Burnett, 75-80-155
t33. Kristin Lynch, 83-80-153
t44. Kemmerlee Pennington, 84-91-175
46. Amanda Harter, 84-92-176

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