White moves up 17 spots after second round of NCAA Championship

Nadine White and Assistant Coach Tahnia Ravnjak
(Photo by Todd Drexler/SESportsMedia.com)
Nadine White and Assistant Coach Tahnia Ravnjak (Photo by Todd Drexler/SESportsMedia.com)

NCAA Women's Golf Championship Central

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SUGAR GROVE, ILL. –Nadine White of Campbell University moved up 17 places on the leader board to a tie for 75th after Sunday's second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship at Rich Harvest Farms.  In cool and windy conditions, White birdied the par-5, 476-yard 18th hole to finish her round at 5-over 77 

Through 36 holes, the senior from Brisbane, Australia stands at 16-over-par 16 (83-77) in the 132-golfer field.  Only individual leader Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest (70-74—144) stands at even par entering Monday's final round.  August Kim of Purdue is one stroke behind (72-73—145).

No.-12 Northwestern (301-298—599) owns an eight-stroke lead over 14th-ranked Kent State (303-304—607), while top-ranked Stanford (311-298—609) is third in the 24-team field.  The top eight teams will advance to the match play portion after stroke play concludes Monday

White, who qualified for the NCAA Championship as an individual after finishing in an eighth-place tie at the Albuquerque Regional, enters Monday's final round ahead of 11 golfers ranked in the nation's top 100.  The top-ranked amateur in Australia and No.-79 in the world, White stands 85th nationally among NCAA Division I golfers, according to Golfstat.  She is playing in her third NCAA Championship after Campbell qualified as a team for the 2014 and 2015 tournaments.

"Again, there was a lot of wind and temperatures got cold, but the golf course was playable," said Campbell head coach John Crooks.  "It's just a hard golf course, but Nadine really battled and made multiple saves. This is a golf course that requires outstanding shots at times and excellent course management all the time. She did an excellent job of course management today."

White will start Monday's final round from the 10th tee at 1:45 p.m. CDT.  Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com. Golf Channel will provide live coverage of the final three days of the championships May 22-24.

Both the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships are being held at Rich Harvest Farms and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University. The women's championship continues through Wednesday, followed by the men's championship, May 26-31.

Named one of America's 100 greatest golf courses by Golf Digest Magazine, Rich Harvest Farms was the site of NCAA Men's Regionals in 2007 and 2014. In addition, the 2009 Solheim Cup, 2015 Palmer Cup and 2015 WGA Western Amateur were all played at Rich Harvest Farms.   The par-72 course is playing to 6343 yards for the NCAA women's stroke play championship.