SHSU Women's Golf Team In Lead After 36 Holes

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HORSESHOE BAY -- Junior Jennifer Heinz fired a one-under 71 in Tuesday's second round to jump from 11th place to second in the individual standings and help Sam Houston to leap into team leadership after 36 holes at the sixth annual Southland Conference women's golf tournament.

The Bearkat women shot a team score of 300 Tuesday to jump seven strokes ahead of defending champion Lamar. Sam Houston State's 36-hole score is 608, followed by Lamar at 615, Central Arkansas 629, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas State-San Marcos 635, McNeese State 636, Texas-San Antonio 656, and Nicholls State 662.

Heinz stands two shots off the pace for individual leadership. Defending Southland medalist Therese Nilsson leads with a 71-75--146 total. Heinz card reads 77-71--148.

Freshman Stefanie Page (75-76--151) ranks fourth individually and Landa Stewart stands eighth (80-74--154) for Sam Houston. Bearkats Marianna Villarreal (76-82--158) and Wendy Joyner (82-79--161) stand 14th and 17th, respectively.

The three-day, 54-hole championship is being contested on the Ram Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay , Texas . Teams will tee off at 8 a.m. Wednesday on the final day of action Wednesday on the 5,901-yard, par-72, course.

With a young squad that leads the SLC in stroke average and has finished in first place in three of the 10 events it has played during the 2006-07 season, the Sam Houston State women's golf team is attempting to break the strangle hold Lamar University has on the SLC's women's title.

The Cardinals have won the Southland championship three of the five years since the SLC began awarding a crown in women's golf. Lamar won in 2003 and the past two seasons. Sam Houston State was league titlist in 2004 and Texas State-San Marcos won the inaugural Southland tournament in 2002.

Sam Houston State came into the event leading all SLC teams this year with a 307.21 stroke average over 29 rounds. SHSU's Stefanie Page leads all Southland golfers into the postseason with a 75.62 stroke average over 29 rounds. She has five top-10 finishes in 10 events this year and posted a season-best 71 at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Spring Classic in late February.

Team Standings 1R 2R 3R Total
1 SAM HOUSTON 308 300 608
2 Lamar 306 309 615
3 Central Arkansas 319 310 629
4 TX St-San Marcos 307 328 635
TX A&M-Corpus Christi 309 326 635
6 McNeese St. 318 318 636
7 Texas-San Antonio 327 329 656
8 Nicholls St. 337 325 662

Individual Medalist 1R 2R 3R Total
1 Therese Nilsson, Lamar 71 75 146
2 Jennifer Heinz, SHSU 77 71 148
3 Laura Baker, UTSA 75 74 149
4 Tinna Johannsdottir,McN 74 77 151
4 Stefanie Page, SHSU 75 76 151
4 Mary Betancourt, TAMUCC 73 78 151
4 Nicole Forshner, UCA 75 76 151

Sam Houston Scores 1R 2R 3R Total
2 Jennifer Heinz 77 71 148
4 Stefanie Page 75 76 151
8 Landa Stewart 80 74 154
14 Mariana Villarreal 76 82 158
17 Wendy Joyner 82 79 161