ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Fort Hays State women's golfer Hannah Perkins posted a 6-over 78 in round two of the 2018 NCAA Division II Super Region 3 Championship Tuesday afternoon, moving to 6-over for the tournament. The junior sits in a tie for eighth with one round to go at Missouri Bluffs Golf Club.
"I thought the pins were a little tougher today, but some of the holes were made shorter than in round one," said Perkins. "A few pins were tucked and I had a lot of sliding putts."
Perkins opened the day with back-to-back double bogeys, but battled back to shoot 42 on the back nine. The Wichita, Kan. native shaved off six strokes on the front nine. She leads the field with 30 pars through two rounds of golf.
"[Hannah] just had a couple of bad swings to make double bogey," said FHSU coach Rich Guffey. "But after that she played pretty steady."
"I just told myself that you can't let these two holes get to me because I still had so much golf left," said Perkins, when asked how she was able to mentally bounce back. "If I was going to keep myself in position to go back [to nationals], I just needed to push through the rest of the round."
Perkins is nine shots off the pace of Josefina Haupt of Lindenwood, who is 3-under par for the tournament. The top three teams and the top three individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championships next week in Houston, Texas (May 16-19).
"I just need to keep hitting the ball solid and keep giving myself birdie opportunities," said Perkins. "Maybe they begin to fall tomorrow."
She is set to tee off in round three at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday morning (May 9).