April 15, 2013
Bolstered by a career-best-tying round of 69 in the afternoon, Lobo junior Sammi Stevens is in position to win her first college tournament after 36 holes at the Fresno State Lexus Classic.
Playing at the Copper River Country Club (par 72, 6,212 yards) in Fresno, Stevens posted a 2-under 142 (73-69). She will begin Tuesday's final round just one shot behind leaders Simone Hoey from Long Beach State and UC Irvine's Lucianne Lee. Hoey and Lee are at 3-under 141. Those are the only three golfers under par out of a 78-player field.
Stevens' best finish as a Lobo is third place on two occasions. She also shot 69 as a freshman at the 2011 Mountain West Championships in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
An under-par day did not look to be possible early on for the Hereford, Texas, native. Stevens was 4 over after her first 12 holes, but she scorched the final 24 holes in 6 under on a windy day in central California. Stevens came out on fire in the second round with four birdies in her first five holes.
Stevens has been the Lobos' top golfer in six straight tournaments.
As a team, the Lobos are tied for eighth place in the 15-team field with a 36-hole total of 37-over 613 (312-301).
Tulsa (594) leads Long Beach State (597) by three strokes in the team competition.
Freshman Ira Knopf is 77th at 170 (86-84).
Tuesday's final round begins at 8 a.m. Mountain Time.