PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Freshman Maddie Thomas led the way for the Taylor women's golf program during the first two rounds of play at the NAIA National Championship.
Thomas carded rounds of 80 and 81 during the opening 36 holes of action at the Squire Course at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday before the second round of the championship was interrupted due to storms in the area.
The Trojans struggled as a team during the first round of their first ever national championship appearance with TU carding a team score of 359 during the opening 18 holes. Thomas led the way for TU with an 80 with sophomores Raquel Helton and Elizabeth Jackson adding a pair of 92's followed by senior Brittany Pfaff with a 95 and junior Grace Elenbaas with a 102.
TU showed improvement in the second round with Thomas once again leading the way with an 81 followed by Helton at 83, 88 from Elenbaas, and a pair of 91's from Jackson and Pfaff.
The Trojans climbed the leaderboard from 30th place following round one into 27th place after round two.
Inclement weather has plagued the event with each day of the championship featuring multiple weather delays. Due to the weather delays the tournament has shortened the tournament from the originally scheduled 72 holes to 54 holes with the cut coming after 36 holes.
Taylor will miss the cut (top 17 teams) as a team but Thomas will likely make the cut (top 40 individuals) although not all scores are in for round two with the tournament under another weather delay. Thomas is currently tied for 39th at +17 with 15 players still waiting to complete their second round.
The third and final round of the championship is scheduled for Friday morning with tee times beginning at 7:30 am. Fans can follow live scoring at GolfStat.com.