Rebecca Durham needed just 24 hours to turn a series of mistakes into a series of quality shots as the Stanford senior golfer shot a career-best 6-under-66 Tuesday to move 36 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 15th place after two rounds of Texas A&M's Fall Preview in Bryan, Texas.
Durham's round featured six birdies, including four on her first nine holes, as she reached even par 142 for 36 hole. She trails co-leaders Marina Alex of Vanderbilt and Brooke Pancake of Alabama by four strokes.
Nineteen golfers are within five strokes of the lead heading into Wednesday's final round at the Traditions Club, site of the 2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championships.
Stanford shot a second round team score of 298 on Tuesday and is in 17th place at 605. Alabama leads with a two-day total of 566.
It was pretty clear from the start that Durham had put Monday's round of 10-over behind her. She birdied the 520-yard 10th hole, where she started both rounds. That immediately put her three strokes ahead from her first round.
Only Alabama's Camilla Lennarth shot a better round (65) on the day.
Stanford's Kristina Wong shot a two-over 74 on Tuesday, improving her first round score by three strokes.
Another week, another climb in the rankings and more conference honors for Stanford it was learned Tuesday.
The Cardinal climbed three spots this week, checking in at No. 16. The Cardinal has spent 12 consecutive weeks in the national rankings dating to Sept. 18, 2009.
Current nationally-ranked teams remaining on Stanford's schedule include No. 1 North Carolina (Sept. 26), No. 7 Wake Forest (Sept. 27) and No. 8 Syracuse (Oct. 15). All of those contests will be played either on the road or at a neutral site.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Byrne and Alessandra Moss were named NorPac Players of the Week, with Byrne earning Offensive honors and Moss taking home the Defensive honor.
Byrne paced the offense with a pair of goals helping Stanford to wins over Kent State and Iowa. She scored the overtime game-winner against Iowa seven minutes into the extra session, giving the Cardinal a 2-1 triumph. The junior began Stanford's three-game Ohio swing with the first goal in a 3-1 victory at Kent State.
Moss played a key role in Stanford going 2-1 last week, recording 12 saves and posting a 1.45 GAA. The junior blanked Kent State with four saves during her 46 minutes in the cage. She added three more in a 2-1 overtime victory against Iowa. At the beginning of the week, she made a season-high five saves in a tough 3-2 loss to No. 7 Michigan State.
Stanford hosts California on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a NorPac contest.