KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (February 26, 2018) -- ETSU moved up the leaderboards on the second day of the Edwin Watts Classic on Monday, getting in position to reach the top ten in the team and individual standings going into the third and final round on Tuesday.
The Bucs, playing on the par-72, 5941-yard Oak Point Golf Club, posted a team score of 294 for the second consecutive day. It was good enough to improve eight spots in the team standings, from 24th to 16th, in the field of 43. ETSU stands at 598 for the tournament, just eight strokes behind Fairleigh Dickenson for the last spot in the top ten.
Hee Ying Loy (Johor, Malaysia) was the top individual, firing a 3-under par 69. It was a six-shot improvement from Sunday’s first round, getting her to even par for the tournament and up from 61st to a tie for 18th on the leaderboard. Her two-day total of 144 has her only two shots out of the top ten.
Tereza Melecka (Belcovice, Czech Republic) posted the Bucs’ second-best round of the day, a 1-over 73. It was a four-shot improvement from Sunday’s first round and helped her improve 31 spots, from 104th to 73rd, on a cloudy, 70-degree day.
Yeji Ahn (Chang Won City, South Korea), like Loy, trimmed six shots off her Sunday score with a 75 that put her at 133rd out of a field of 217 players. Ankita Kedlaya (Bangalore, India) shot a 77 on Monday, leaving her in 91st place and rounding out the Bucs’ team scoring. Kornbongkoat Sararat (Nongkai, Thailand) shot an 80 to total 157 for the tournament.
Loy began her round on #14 and birdied two of her first three holes. After five straight pars, she birdied again on the par-5 4th, only to bogey the par-4 5th. Loy dropped in a birdie on the par-3 7th, but gave it back with a bogey at #9. She went 1-under over her final four holes, highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 12th. Loy, who was runner-up at the Edwin Watts last year, has 25 pars over the first two rounds, second-best for ETSU and tied for 21st overall.
Melecka started on #15 and shot par on each of her first 11 holes. She went under par with a birdie on the par-5 8th, but ended the day 1-over after bogeys on the par-3 11th and par-4 13th. The freshman leads the Bucs and is 11th in the field with 26 pars for the tournament.
Ahn shot even on the five par-5’s including birdies #4 and #12. Ahn also birdied #12, as did Sararat.
The Bucs return to the par-72, 5964-yard Osprey Point Golf Club – where they played Sunday – for Tuesday’s third and final round. Tee time is scheduled for 8:45 am.
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