JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (April 16, 2013) – The ETSU women’s golf team is just one more quality round away from another trip to the NCAA Championships.
The Buccaneers continued to lead the Atlantic Sun Women's Golf Championship following second round play Tuesday at the Jekyll Island Golf Club’s Pine Lakes Course, finishing at 2-over-par for the tournament and holding an 11-stroke advantage over second-place Florida Gulf Coast.
Junior Sian Evans (Gillingham, England), who led the event individually following the first round, carded a 2-over-par 74 to drop back to 3-under-par 141 for the tournament, and now sits in a three-way tie for first with teammate Gabriella Wahl (Heidenheim, Germany) and Jacksonville's Jessica Welch.
“We rose to the challenge of more difficult conditions today, and put together another solid team score,” said ETSU head coach Stefanie Shelton. “We got great rounds with both Gabriella and Vivienne shooting under par today. The ladies are looking forward to another round on this golf course tomorrow.”
The Bucs (578) began Tuesday's second round with a six-stroke lead over Jacksonville and was the only team under par, but ETSU shot 3-over on Tuesday to fall back to 2-over for the championship. Even so, the Bucs built their lead over the rest of the field by an additional five strokes back the end of the day.
Three Bucs occupy spots in the top six of the championship, led by Evans and Wahl. Meanwhile, Bucs' freshman Vivienne Chin (Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia) shot one-under-par 71 to tie for sixth.
Florida Gulf Coast (589) matched ETSU for the low team round of the day, shooting 3-over and moving into second place. Three Eagles are in the championship's Top-10, led by Georgia Price's 73 to keep her at even par for the championship. Kristin Swindell shot even par to move up two spots and tie for sixth and Briana Carlson moved into the Top-10 with a two-under-par 70 to match Wahl.
Mercer sits in third alone (592), as Lacey Fears shot 71 to move up five spots into the Top-10 and a tie for eighth. Defending Champion Kennesaw State moved up behind Mercer, improving four strokes on yesterday to shoot 295 and occupy fourth place (594).
Follow the championship scoring live at Golfstat.com and all of the A-Sun's coverage at AtlanticSun.org. ETSUBucs.com will also provide a complete wrap up following Wednesday’s third and final round of action.