TCU In Contention For Title At Central District Invitational

Feb. 20, 2012

PARRISH, Fla. -- Sanna Nuutinen is tied for second individually to lead TCU into a second-place standing after Monday's opening two rounds of the Central District Invitational.

The Horned Frogs' 1-over-par 289 was the tournament's best score in second-round play. TCU lowered its score by eight shots from a first-round 297 earlier in the day. At 586, the 44th-ranked Horned Frogs trail No. 25 Oklahoma by just two strokes for the team lead. The Horned Frogs are ahead of three top-10 teams (No. 5 Vanderbilt, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 7 LSU).

Nuutinen, a sophomore from Helsinki, Finland, is at 1-under 143 after Monday's 36 holes. She's tied with Vanderbilt's Marina Alex, five shots behind Oklahoma's Chirapat Jao-Javanil who is at 6-under 138.

Nuutinen birdied four of her opening six holes, including three in a row in one stretch, en route to five birdies and a first-round 71. She also started strong in second-round play with birdies on her first two holes.

TCU's Brooke Beeler and April McCoy are tied for 14th individually at 3-over 147. They both shot a second-round 71 after recording a first-round 76.

Beeler had three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the front nine of the second round.

McCoy, a freshman from Carrollton, Texas, birdied her first and last holes in second-round play en route to a 1-under 71.

With three birdies, Rachel Raastad carded a second-round 75 for the Horned Frogs.

TCU freshman Alexandra Bonetti is tied for 25th with a 7-over-151. She had a first-round 74.

Tuesday's final round begins with a 7 a.m. CST shotgun start. Live scoring is available at www.Golfstat.com.

Team Scores
1. Oklahoma - 291-293=584
2. TCU - 297-289=586
3. Vanderbilt - 293-294=587
4. Michigan State - 295-294=589
5. LSU - 291-301=592
T6. Iowa State - 299-297=596
T6. North Carolina - 294-302=596
8. Ohio State - 303-294=597
9. UCF - 301-298=599
10. Kent State - 310-293=603
11. Coastal Carolina - 297-307=604
12. Northwestern - 314-303=617
13. Minnesota - 311-311=622
14. Indiana - 314-310=624
15. Michigan - 319-309=628

TCU Scores
T2. Sanna Nuutinen - 71-72=143
T14. Brooke Beeler - 76-71=147
T14. April McCoy - 76-71=147
T25. Alexandra Bonetti - 74-77=151
T58. Rachel Raastad - 82-75=157