NIACC's Tusler shoots 105 in second round at national tourney

MESA, Ariz. - NIACC's Courtney Tusler shot a second round 54-51 - 105 at the NJCAA Division I national golf tournament Tuesday at the Longbow Golf Course.

After two rounds, Tusler has a two-round score of 99-105 - 204. Tusler is in a tie for 101st place heading into the final 36 holes of the tournament.

"It was another difficult driving day (Tuesday) for Courtney," NIACC coach Chris Frenz said, "and because of that she really put herself in tough spots.

"If you're not in the fairway, you're in the desert and potentially in the brush or vegetation that grows in the desert. Those types of lies don't lend themselves to good scoring opportunities."

On Monday, Tusler shot 51-48 - 99.

"She still has a good attitude toward the tournament," Frenz said, "and she's determined to get herself into the 80s."

Last season at the national tournament in Georgia, Tusler placed 90th with a 92-93-94-96 - 375.

Daytona State College leads the team race with a 289-289 - 578. Iowa Western is in 11th place (346-349 - 695) and DMACC is in 16th place (365-361 - 726).

Daytona State's Grace St.-Germain is the individual leader (71-70 - 141). The top Iowan is Iowa Western's Cassidy Evreniadis, who is in 8th place with a 75-79 - 154.

The third and fourth rounds of the national tournament are set for Wednesday and Thursday. Tusler is set to tee off at 1:30 p.m. (Iowa time) on Wednesday.