KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (Oct. 23, 2017) – ETSU’s women’s golf team took a step up in the second round of the Palmetto Intercollegiate tournament on Monday, with four of the five players improving their scores, and the one who didn’t remaining in contention for Medalist honors.
The Bucs’ team score 307 was seven shots better than Sunday’s first round, bumped them to 15th in the team standings, and put the team in a position to contend for a spot in the top ten in tomorrow’s final round.
Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) was the only ETSU player whose score was up from Sunday, following her team-best, even-par 72 on Sunday with a 75 Monday. But, at 3-over 147 for the tournament she’s tied for 7th on the leaderboard and only five strokes back of co-leaders Shelby Brauckmuller (Marshall) and Diane Lim (Ole Miss).
The reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year carded three birdies after the turn, offset by two bogeys and a double bogey.
The Buc who showed the biggest improvement was Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic). The freshman shot a 76 on Monday, six shots better than Sunday, and good enough to rise 18 spots to 60th on the leaderboard at 14-over 158. Melecka – who was Medalist at the Johnie Imes Invitational earlier this month – dropped in a birdie at the par-3, 140-yard 7th hole on Monday.
Yeji Ahn (Chang Won City, South Korea) cut five shots off her first-round score, posting an 86 that put at 177 for the tournament. Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) was four strokes better than Sunday, with a 79. Her 161 total has her tied for 73rd on the leaderboard, up five spots from Sunday.
Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkhai, Thailand) has been ETSU’s most consistent player, following her 77 Sunday with a 78 Monday. She’s in a four-way tie for 48th at 155.
ETSU’s two-day team score of 621 is just five shots back of the top ten. Charleston Southern and Daytona State College are tied for 10th at 616, with Kansas and the College of Charleston tied for 8th at 612. Kennesaw State is the leader at 590, one shot ahead of Ole Miss and two better than Marshall.
The tournament’s third and final round tees off at 9:00 am on Tuesday, October 24 at the par-72, 5981-yard Turtle Point Golf Course.
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