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COLUMBUS, Ohio – With 18 holes left to play, the Ohio State women’s golf slipped to ninth at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. Firing a team score of 305, the Buckeyes improved by four strokes to total 614 at the par 71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club.

Posting three athletes in the Top 10, UCLA currently sits atop the leaderboard after a 3-over round of 287. The Bruins now total 583 and are two strokes ahead of second place Southern California.

Leading the Buckeyes heading into the final round is sophomore Amy Meier. Meier, from Rochester Hills, Mich., opened the tournament with a stellar round of 1-under 70, but fell slightly in day two with a score of 77. She is currently tied for 10th at 147.

Carding five birdies throughout the day, Vicky Villanueva currently sits in a tie for 34th. The junior from Chacabuco, Argentina, now totals 154 after 36 holes and is two strokes away from breaking into the Top 30.

Improving by nine strokes, sophomore co-captain Rachel Rohanna fired a round of 74 that included two birdies. A complete turnaround from day one, the Waynesburg, Pa., native is currently tied for 45th at 157.

Rounding out the Buckeye lineup is sophomore Susana Benavides. The Cochabamba, Bolivia, product notched rounds of 79 and 80 to tie for 53rd at 159.

Competing as an individual, junior Nara Shin is also tied for 53rd. Shin was even after making the turn, but struggled on the back nine to finish the day with a score of 80.

Senior co-captain In Hong Lim’s score did not count due to a scoring error.

The third and final round will take place tomorrow with a 7:30 a.m. (PT) shotgun start. Live scoring for the event is available at www.golfstat.com.

Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge – Day 2
Palos Verdes Golf Club, Palos Verdes, Calif.
Par 71, 5,912 yards

Team Standings
1. UCLA 296-287-583 (+15)
2. Southern California 290-295-585 (+17)
3. Pepperdine 295-291-586 (+18)
4. Arizona State 298-294-592 (+24)
5. Wake Forest 312-287-599 (+31)
6. Michigan State 309-299-608 (+40)
7. Florida 305-304-609 (+41)
8. Furman University 311-302-613 (+45)
9. Ohio State 309-305-614 (+46)
10. Louisville 322-309-631 (+63)
T-11. Denver 313-321-634 (+66)
T-11. East Tennessee St.327-307-634 (+66)
13. UC Irvine 322-314-636 (+68)

Ohio State Results
T-10. Amy Meier  70-77-147 (+5)
T-34. Vicky Villanueva  80-74-154 (+12)
T-45. Rachel Rohanna  83-74-157 (+15)
T-53. Susana Benavides 79-80-159 (+17)
T-53. Nara Shin (Ind.)  79-80-159 (+17)
D. In Hong Lim   80-D-80 (+9)

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