Cardinal women improve standing at golf tournament

Zizi Wang recorded six birdies on the day. Photo by Bob Drebin/

Stanford shot the third-best score among an 18-team field Monday to move up one spot during the second round of the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

The Cardinal, currently in fifth, takes a shot at moving up Tuesday in the final round. Arizona State, co-leader on day one, is in fourth, four strokes ahead of Stanford.

Mika Liu/Stanford Athletics
At 19-over through 36 holes, the Cardinal continues to chase clubhouse co-leaders Alabama and UCLA at 8-over. Arizona is a stroke behind in third.

Six of the top-10 nationally ranked teams are among the top 10 in the field while another is among the top 15.

Mika Liu paced Stanford with a 1-over 72 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Liu, tied for ninth among individuals, was 3-over through six before closing her front nine with a pair of birdies. She was even on the back stretch, putting her at 2-over through two rounds.

Liu's second-round performance (1-over), was matched by Albane Valenzuela, who posted bookend birdies during her front nine. Valenzuela is tied for 33rd at 6-over.

Andrea Lee (t-14th) and Shannon Aubert (t-42nd) each recorded a 3-over 74. Both posted back-to-back birdies, Lee on the par-4 ninth and par-4 10th and Aubert on the par-5 seventh and par-3 eighth.

Emily Wang had a team-best six birdies, three coming during a three-hole stretch (Nos. 4-6). She finished at 4-over for a share of 64th.

Arizona State's Olivia Mehaffey leads the medalist race at 3-under.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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