Sept. 27, 2005
Albuquerque, N.M. – The South Carolina women’s golf team stands in a tie for 13th place with a team score of 300-312=612 after Tuesday’s second round at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Intercollegiate, played at the University of New Mexico Championship Course.
Though she is playing as an individual with her score not counting toward the team’s total, sophomore Whitney Simons led the way for the Gamecocks Tuesday with an even-par 73. Simons got out to a torrid start, firing birdies on three of the first four and four of the first seven holes. Her score evened out as the day went on and Simons achieved par on each of her last five holes.
Among the players who are in the Carolina lineup, senior Laura McCaslin continues to lead the way. McCaslin fired a team-best three-over-par 76 Tuesday, sparked by steady play. The Cookeville, Tenn., native achieved par on 14 holes, canceling off a bogey on the first hole with a birdie on the second. She double-bogeyed her eighth hole and bogeyed the 10th, but was very sharp otherwise.
Senior Erica Battle finished Tuesday with a five-over-par 78, carding a birdie on the course’s par-five 18th hole for the second time in as many days. However, a double-bogey on the course’s fourth hole coupled with four other bogeys inflated a score that would have otherwise been solid.
A trio of Gamecocks wrapped up Tuesday’s action with a six-over-par 79. A pair of double-bogeys along with two bogeys on junior Jenna Pearson’s first seven holes put her at six-over-par through her first seven holes, but she came back to register a birdie and six pars on her next seven to stay afloat. Sophomore Blythe Worley was also hurt by a slow start and found herself at six-over-par through her first four holes, but she rebounded to shoot even par the rest of the way, highlighted by a pair of birdies on the sixth and eighth holes, respectively. Sitting at four-over through her first nine holes, sophomore Camila Mori fired birdies on two of the first three holes on the back nine, however a bogey and a double-bogey on her 13th and 14th holes pushed her back up to six-over, where she finished.
Final round action resumes Wednesday.
Team Leader BoardT1 Pepperdine +2 F 296 290 586T1 Texas A&M +2 F 294 292 5863 Ohio State +3 F 287 300 587T4 New Mexico +4 F 297 291 588T4 UNLV +4 F 293 295 5886 USC +9 F 293 300 5937 California +17 F 297 304 6018 Baylor +20 F 301 303 6049 BYU +21 F 302 303 60510 TCU +23 F 304 303 60711 UTEP +24 F 309 299 60812 Tulsa +25 F 305 304 609T13 South Carolina +28 F 300 312 612T13 Colorado State +28 F 302 310 61215 New Mexico State +30 F 300 314 61416 San Diego State +31 F 298 317 61517 Texas Tech +35 F 314 305 61918 Hawaii +56 F 328 312 640
Gamecocks On The Individual Leader BoardT19 Laura McCaslin 72-76-148 (+2)T41 Jenna Pearson 74-79=153 (+7)T60 Erica Battle 77-78=155 (+9)T69 Camila Mori 77-79=156 (+10)T79 Blythe Worley 80-79=159 (+13)
T19* Whitney Simons 75-73=148 (+2)
* Playing as an individual