UTC’s Dorota Zalewska struggles with putter at NCAA tourney

GoMocs.com photo / UTC's Dorota Zalewska had three birdies but was hurt by an early triple bogey during the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golfer Dorota Zalewska shot a 5-over-par 77 on the second day of the NCAA Division I women's championship tournament at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Zalewska started on the back nine Saturday, and there was quick trouble in the form of a triple bogey on No. 10. She had bogeys on two of the next three holes, but Zalewska posted birdies on the 14th and 18th for the second day in a row to make the turn at 3 over.

She then had four straight pars before making bogeys on three of her final five holes, with a birdie on No. 7 negating a little of the damage in that run.

"I didn't play bad today," Zalewska said in a UTC release. "I had a triple that cost me three shots right away. But I was fighting to get it back, but it's just ... putts are not falling.

"A bad shot costs you out here. I was trying to save some shots (with the putter), but it was just not working."

She still has 18 holes of golf guaranteed at the tournament, the final event of her accomplished UTC career that includes the Raleigh Regional title, but there is a cut after 54 holes with the top 15 teams moving on as well as the top nine individuals not on those teams.

Zalewska's 9-over 153 total through 36 holes left her tied for 128th among the 150 golfers who played both of the first two rounds.

Wake Forest's Lauren Walsh shot a second straight 67 to move to 10-under 134 and held a one-stroke lead over Southern California's Catherine Park (64). First-round leader Maddison Hinson-Tolchard of Oklahoma State was another stroke back after a 70.

Wake Forest also led the team standings at 17-under 559, with Stanford second at 561 and South Carolina third at 562.

Compiled by Gene Henley. Contact him at ghenley@timesfreepress.com.