April 15, 2013
Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Western Carolina freshman Taylor Allison posted a second round score of three-over par, 75, on Monday to remain in contention at the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championship, entering Tuesday's final round amidst a four-way tie. The Catamounts trimmed 11 strokes off their second-round score but remain in ninth-place overall after 36 holes at the par-72, 5,955-yard North Course at the Moss Creek Golf Club.
The final round on Tuesday morning will see teams tee off of both holes 1 and 10. Appalachian State, Samford and College of Charleston will tee off of No. 1 at 8:00 am while The Citadel and Western Carolina go off of No. 10.
Allison bookended the front nine of her second round with bogies on the first and ninth holes, making the turn at two-over par. Birdies on two of her first three holes on the back nine moved the Elizabeth City, N.C., native back to even. However, two double bogies including one on the par-4 No. 18 for the second-straight day, and one birdie over her final five holes left her at three-over for the round.
Allison has a two-day total of 150, just five strokes off the individual leader. She is tied for seventh in the tournament both with 23 pars and five birdies through two rounds.
Senior Michelle Bello improved upon her opening round by seven-strokes on Monday, finishing at five-over par 75 in the second round to advance eight positions in the standings, tied for 35th overall at 161. Bello carded nine pars, seven bogies with back-to-back birdies - both coming on the front nine - in her round.
Sophomore Maria Kjelldorff likewise improved on her opening round, following up her first round 83 with a five-over par 77, sitting tied for 32nd overall at 160. Kjelldorff matched her first round from Sunday, making the turn at even-par after a bogey and a birdie on the front nine. However, two bogies and a pair of double bogies left her at five-over for the day.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are freshmen Mariah Hopkins in 42nd overall at 166 and Fatima Gonzalez-Carriles in 47th at 184. Hopkins carded eight pars and eight bogies, but was hampered by a double-bogey a side on her second 18 holes. Gonzalez-Carriles improved her score on five holes from the Sunday's first to Monday's second round.
First-round leader Chattanooga added four strokes to its team lead, but UNCG shot a sizzling 291 to match the tournament record at the Championship, moving into second place on Monday. The Spartans' Fanny Cnops also matched the tournament record with a 68 to move into first place in the individual standings. The 2012 runner-up, Cnops is at 1-over 145 heading into play Tuesday.
The Mocs, who led Furman by five strokes after Sunday's first-round 297, shot a 12-over 300 Monday and lead UNCG by nine strokes heading into to Tuesday's final round.
Chattanooga was paced by sophomore Agathe Sauzon's 1-under 71 Monday, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole. First-round co-leader Emily McLennan fired a 2-over 73 Monday and is tied with Sauzon for second in the individual standings, each posting 146s after 36 holes of play. Sophomore teammate Porsche Campbell joined the duo in the top 10, shooting a 5-over 77 to sit alone in 10th at 152.
After a first-round 315 that left them tied for sixth place, the Spartans blistered Moss Creek's North Course on Monday, highlighted by Cnops' record-tying performance. The sophomore from Gent, Belgium, turned in a bogey-free round, birdying three holes on the front nine and one on the back for her 4-under 68. Her score tied the tournament mark set four previous times, with the last coming from College of Charleston's Angie Hill in 2006.
Furman slipped to third Monday with a 308 and is at 610 for the tournament. College of Charleston is third after Monday's 313, which pushed its team total to 618. The Cougars got an outstanding effort from freshman Mary Chandler Bryan, who joined Cnops and Sauzon in posting the only sub-par rounds Monday. Bryan shot a 1-under 71 to move from a tie for 11th into sole possession of fourth at 147.
Samford and Appalachian State are tied for fifth at 621 after shooting 309 and 308, respectively, on Monday. They are followed by Elon (315-309=624), Wofford (322-308=630), Western Carolina (324-313=637) and The Citadel (346-343=689).
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