Dragons stay in the hunt at Saddlebrook

Alice Putoud improved by five strokes in round two and rose to third overall.
Alice Putoud improved by five strokes in round two and rose to third overall.

Tiffin University and Northern Michigan were in a two-team showdown at the Saddlebrook Spring Kickoff in Wesley Chapel, Florida heading to the final round.

The Wildcats improved by 7 strokes in round two (336-329) while the Dragons did even better with a 9 stroke improvement (339-330), with NMU holding a slim 665-669 lead after the second round. Ferris State was well back at 710 while Walsh had 722.

Amanda Johansson continued to lead the field, holding steady with a 78-80 for 158 total, while Alice Putoud improved by five stroke (84-79) to climb to third overall with 163.

Alexis Savage and Emily Koehler also had strong days, with Savage rising from 89 to 85 for 174 while Koehler had a 6 stroke jump from 92 to 86 for 178. Melissa Gabriele was fifth for TU, dropping from 88 to 101 with a 189 overall score.

Also golfing as individuals for TU were Jena Huffman (94-100 for 194), Emily Bogner (103-98 for 201), Kyla Johnson (202), and Ashley Franklin (232).

Round three will conclude the Kickoff March 8.