Gamecocks in First After Two Round of Florida State Matchup
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The South Carolina women’s golf team shot a 5-over 293 on Saturday at the SouthWood Golf Club to finish in first place after two rounds of the Florida State Match-Up hosted by Florida State University. The Gamecocks currently have a two-round score of 586 (+10).
South Carolina has a 3-stroke lead over second place Clemson. The Tigers shot a second-round 292 and currently have a total score of 589 (+13). Florida State finished the day in third place with a score of 592 (+16).
Sophomore Sarah Schmelzel, junior Justine Dreher and senior Samantha Swinehart all carded an even-par 72 in Saturday’s second round. Schmezel finished the day in a tie for second place with a total score of 142 (-2). Dreher climbed 19 spots on the individual leaderboard as she is currently in a tie for eighth place with a total score of 148 (+4). Swinehart also made a significant move up the leaderboard, finishing the day with a total score of 149 (+5) and is in a tie for tenth place.
Senior Suzie Lee is currently in a tie for 19th place after carding a 5-over 77, giving her a two-round score of 150 (+6).
Freshman Katelyn Dambaugh is currently in a tie for 28th place after carding a second-round 6-over 78 for a total socre of 152 (+8).
Competing in the tournament as an individual, Jia Xin Yang shot a 6-over 150, giving the freshman a total score of 150 (+6) and putting her in a tie for 19th place.
Matilda Castren of Florida State is currently at the top of the individual leaderboard after shooting a second-round 4-under 68 giving her a total score 136 (-8). In a tie for second place are Schmelzel and Clemson’s Ashlan Ramsey with two-round scores of 142 (-2).
Third round play is scheduled to begin Sunday with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring is available at www.golfstat.com.
MSU Holds Top 10 Spot, McDonald, Peng Top 5
TALLAHASSE, Fla. – Despite another day of windy conditions, the Mississippi State women’s golf team moved up to the seventh spot on the leaderboard following Saturday’s second round at the Florida State Match-Up, with Ally McDonald and Jessica Peng moving into the top-5.
After the opening round score of 305, the Bulldogs improved to fire a 298-team score at the Southwood Golf Course.
“We had a better day today,” fourth-year head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “Conditions were similar to yesterday with 10-15 mph winds and slick greens. We are knocking cobwebs off and getting back in the groove. It’s our goal to leave here in a top-5 position, and we will work hard to attain that goal.”
Sporting a 2-under-par 70 second round, McDonald moved up to fourth place at 1-over-par 145 after two rounds. The Fulton, Miss., native fired a birdie-birdie-par-birdie stretch from holes 8-11 and ended with a birdie on her final hole to complete a five shot turnaround from Friday’s round. McDonald’s total of 26 pars through 36 holes is good for second best of the tournament.
Freshman Peng is just one shot behind McDonald in a tie for fifth following a 1-under-par 71 Saturday round. Peng added two more birdies in her second round on holes 6 and 9 to give her six for the event, most of any Bulldog.
Mary L. Gallagher bounced back in her Saturday second round by posting a 77, four shots better than her opening round, and claiming her first birdie of the event on hole 4. Co-Golfer of the Week in the Southeastern Conference Rica Tse is two shots off the top-25 at 10-over-par 154 after two rounds. Freshman Ji Eun Baik rounds out the Maroon and White lineup with a 36-hole score of 163.
No. 13 South Carolina is the leader heading into the final round at 10-over-par 586. Matilda Castren of Florida State has posted consecutive 68 rounds to lead all individuals at 8-under-par 136.
Sunday’s shotgun final round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CST with Brown-Lemm’s squad matched up with Furman and Kansas State.
Live stats and post-round results will be available through Hailstate.com.
Aggies Fall to Fifth at Florida State Match-Up
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Texas A&M women’s golf team slid to fifth place after round two of the Florida State Match-Up in Tallahassee Saturday.
The Aggies (293-307=600, +24) shot 19 over par for the day to move them back to fifth, while South Carolina (+10) jumped to the top of the leaderboard with five over par in round two. Clemson (+13) finished the day in second place, followed by Florida State (+16) and Virginia (+18). Mercer (+25) is one shot behind the Aggies in sixth, with Mississippi State (+27), Furman (+28), Kansas State (+43), Kansas (+44) and Florida Gulf Coast (+44) trail sequentially.
“Our reactions to things that happened out there were completely different than yesterday,” Texas A&M head coach Trelle McCombs said. “We didn't handle ourselves in the same manner. When you do that you are going to get the results that we got today. Have to do a better job of letting things roll off our shoulders.”
Texas A&M senior Katerina Ruzickova (71-75=146, +2) once again led the Aggies for the day, shooting three over par and ending the second round in a tie for fifth. Freshman Andrea Jonama (72-76=148, +4) followed closely with four over par and a tie for eighth as freshmen Bianca Fabrizio (73-82=155, +11) and Callie Scheffler (77-78=155, +11), and junior Natalie Reeves (79-78=157, +13) rounded out the A&M team score.
“Conditions were tough out there and we just didn't handle it very well,” McCombs said. “I am proud of Katerina and Andrea and how they hung in there and stayed in contention.”
The third and final round of the match-up will begin Sunday morning at 7:30 am (CT) with a shotgun start. The Aggies are paired with Virginia and Mercer and will tee off on holes five through nine. Live scoring for the event can be found at GolfStat.com.
Vanderbilt in 4th at Gator Invitational
The Vanderbilt men's golf team opened its spring season in solid fashion Saturday, ending the first and second rounds of the SunTrust Gator Invitational in fourth place on the team leader board with a score of 577 (293-284). Freshman Matthias Schwab paced the Commodore effort with a two-over par, 142 (71-71), which is good for a tie for sixth in the individual standings.
"I was really proud of how this group competed today," said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. "It was really tough this morning and we got off to a rough start, but the guys were resilient. We finished the first round well and that carried over to a very solid afternoon round."
Vanderbilt trails team leader Arkansas by seven strokes, second-place Mercer by four, and third-place Florida State by one.
Senior Charlie Ewing posted the team's best round of the day with a second-round, 69, in route to a total of 144 (75-69). Junior Hunter Stewart (74-72) and sophomore Carson Jacobs (74-72) are in a tie for 21st with a score of 146, while junior Ben Fogler finished the first two rounds in a tie for 46th with a 150 (74-76).
"Obviously, Matthias was really solid all day after a tough start this morning," said Limbaugh. "He continues to show why he is one of the best freshman in the country. Also, Charlie's round this afternoon was a big lift for our team."
Individually, Trey Rule of Mercer leads all participants with a three-under par, 137. Hank Lebioda of Florida State is two strokes behind in second place.
The third and final round concludes on Sunday at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.
"Tomorrow is a new day but we are not going to change who we are or what we have been doing," said Limbaugh. "We are going to control the things we can control, play disciplined and compete like we know how to.
Gavino and Orr Sit in Top 10 After Day One of SunTrust Gator Invitational
Gainesville, Fla. - After 36 holes of action this afternoon, redshirt junior Santiago Gavino, who competed as an individual for the Gators, carded a 71 (142) in both rounds to end the day tied for sixth.
Gavino connected on four birdies in this afternoon’s windy conditions and consistently fired even-par to land towards the top of the leaderboard.
Freshman Ryan Orr was Florida’s five-man high finisher, notching rounds of 72-71 (143).Orr birdied three of his last four holes to claim a shared spot for 10th.
Climbing their way into the top-20, juniors Eric Banks and J.D. Tomlinson shot rounds of 71-74 (145) to tie for 15th (+5) at the close of the afternoon.