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April 17, 2010

Coach Anderson

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – South Carolina’s women’s golf team shot 290 (+6) in the second round of the SEC Championship to remain in seventh place through 36 holes at NorthRiver Yacht Club on Saturday. Senior Benedicte Toumpsin remains in the top five at 2-under for the tournament.

Toumpsin, who held the lead through 18 holes, posted a 72 (+1) in Saturday’s round to drop to a five-way tie for fourth place through two rounds. The senior from Belgium started strong with two birdies on her first four holes and was 2-under through six holes. A bogey at the 16th dropped her to 1-under at the turn, and she would stay there until the fifth hole (her 14th) when she made bogey to drop to even par. She then bogeyed the 18th after finding a pair of bunkers on her way to the green to finish at 1-over for the day.

Sophomore Katie Burnett had the Gamecocks’ top round of the day, a 1-under-par 70, to move into a tie for 11th place at even par for the tournament. Like Toumpsin, Burnett was 2-under after six holes following birdies at 10 and 14, then a bogey-birdie-bogey stretch left her at 1-under as she made the turn. Birdies on Nos. 1 and 5 got her to 3-under for the day, but she would bogey the 7th and 9th holes for an even-par front nine and a 1-under-par day.

Freshman Amanda Strang equaled her first-round effort with a 74 (+3) to move to 6-over for the tournament and in 32nd place. She had a relatively quiet round with 14 pars; a double-bogey at No. 14 and a birdie at the 17th were her only deviations from par on her first nine. She would then make bogey at Nos. 2 and 7 to close her day at 3-over.

Senior Taylor Barrett and Corrine Carr each improved by a stroke over their opening round as Barrett posted a 74 (+3) and Carr signed for a 75 (+4). Barrett was 2-under after her first six holes, birdying the 12th and 15th. A stretch of double bogey-bogey-double bogey just before the turn dropped her to 3-over for the day. But she would hold it together from there, carding a birdie at No. 4 and a bogey at the 7th for an even-par second nine to finish with a 74. Carr made the turn at 1-over after bogeys at 11 and 16 plus a tap-in birdie on the 13th after driving the green on the short par-4 and barely missing an eagle putt. On her second nine, she had two bogeys, a double-bogey and a birdie to get to 4-over for the day.

Tournament host Alabama fired a 278 (-6), the low team round of the tournament, to get to 565 (-3) and share the lead with Vanderbilt, who shot 281 (-3) Saturday. Arkansas is third at 568 (E). Individually, Vanderbilt’s Marina Alex tied an SEC Championship record with a 65 (-6) to jump 14 spots and into a tie for the lead at 136 (-6), joining defending SEC Champion Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia, who shot 67 (-4) on the day. Sara Grantham of Ole Miss is third at 139 (-3), and a group of five players – including Toumpsin – are tied for fourth at 140 (-2).

The course played slightly easier for the field Saturday with the average score being a 73.65, down from 73.73 in the first round. No. 7 was the most difficult hole at 0.50 strokes over par, yielding only five birdies along with 16 bogeys and nine scores of double-bogey or worse. The par-4 13th was again the easiest at 0.45 strokes under par, as it surrendered three eagles and 26 birdies.

South Carolina will again be in the final wave off the No. 10 tee, paired with Ole Miss and Tennessee, with start times beginning at 9:20 a.m. Central time. Live scoring is available through, and fans can receive periodic updates via Twitter by following @GamecockWGolf.

T4. Benedicte Toumpsin – 68-72=140 (-2)
T11. Katie Burnett – 72-70=142 (E)
32. Amanda Strang – 74-74=148 (+6)
T33. Taylor Barrett – 75-74=149 (+7)
T40. Corrine Carr – 76-75=151 (+9)

T1. Alabama – 287-278=565 (-3)
T1. Vanderbilt – 284-281=565 (-3)
3. Arkansas – 280-288=568 (E)
4. Georgia – 280-291=571 (+3)
5. LSU – 284-290=574 (+6)
6. Auburn – 289-288=577 (+9)
7. SOUTH CAROLINA – 289-290=579 (+11)
8. Mississippi – 284-298=582 (+14)
9. Tennessee – 298-291=589 (+21)
T10. Florida – 298-300=598 (+30)
T10. Kentucky – 302-296=598 (+30)
12. Mississippi State – 309-301=610 (+42)