YORBA LINDA, Calif. – Freshman Caryn Khoo tied the second-lowest round of her Wolf Pack career with a 74 and the Nevada freshman is tied for fifth place heading into the final round of the Gold Rush presented by Farmers.
Khoo shot a 79 in round one on Monday and then came back with the 2-over-par 74 in the second round to move up to the tie for fifth behind leader Emma Henrikson of San Diego State (144). Shawnee Martinez of the host school, Long Beach State, is three shots back at 147, followed by UC Irvine’s Ronnie Valerio (150), Gonzaga’s Raychelle Santos (151) and Khoo, who is in a three-way tie for fifth at 9-over 153 heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.
As a team, Nevada is eighth in its first event of the spring slate with a team score of 646 after two rounds. The Wolf Pack was dealt a bit of a setback heading into the tournament as an airline’s misplacement of baggage forced three of Nevada’s five players to miss Sunday’s practice round at Yorba Linda Country Club.
Sophomore Nikki Prichard is tied for 20th after the first two rounds. Junior Joyce Chong is tied for 49th with freshman Carly Simpson tied for 57th and senior Louise Yi tied for 59th.
Khoo entered the tournament with a stroke average of 75.5 this season with her low two rounds of 71 and 74 coming at the New Mexico State tournament in October. She finished in a tie for 12th at that event, the best finish of her young career.
The final round of the 11-team event will be played Tuesday.