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Feb. 13, 2016

Leaderboard | Live Scoring | Round 3 Pairings

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Led by Sarah Schmelzel, South Carolina charged to the top of the leaderboard on day two of the Florida State Match-Up at the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course and Club. The senior was one of three Gamecocks to finish under par for South Carolina, which sits four strokes clear of the field at 6-over for the tournament following Saturday’s 3-under 285.

Schmelzel, who has finished in the top 10 of the 54-hole event in each of the last two seasons, opened the second round with three pars before finding her stroke down the stretch of the front nine. The Phoenix, Ariz., native carded birdies on holes No. 4, 7 and 9 to make the turn at 3-under 33, and she shot an even 36 on her back nine on the way to a 69 (-3). Schmelzel sits in third place at 1-under for the tournament.

Sophomore Ainhoa Olarra and junior Katelyn Dambaugh marked the other two South Carolina golfers to finish under par and end Saturday in the top 10 individually. Olarra began her round with a birdie on the par-4 first and turned in a 1-over 37 on the front nine. She added birdies on No. 10 and 14 before registering an eagle on the par-5 fifteenth to finish her round at 2-under 70. Olarra, who is even through two rounds, will head into the final round in a tie for fourth place.

Dambaugh saw a fast start to her second round, as she tallied birdies on No. 3 and 4 before making the turn at 1-under 35. The junior standout totaled two more birdies on the back nine, the last of which coming on the par-5 fifteenth. An even 36 gave Dambaugh a 1-under 71 on the day, and the Goose Creek, S.C., native sits in a tie for seventh place with a two-day total of 145 (+1).

Jia Xin Yang carded a 3-over 75 on Saturday after earning pars on 13 of 18 holes. She registered a birdie on the par-3 sixth, and the junior will enter the third round in a tie for 42nd place at 11-over for the event. Freshman Marion Veysseyre, who is 18-over through two days, sits in a tie for 64th following her 15-over 87 in the second round.

Florida State fired its second-consecutive 5-over 293 to end round two in second place at 10-over 586 overall. Furman (+12, 588) sits in third place, while SMU and Texas A&M are in a tie for fourth at 21-over (597) for the tournament. Maddie Szeryk of the Aggies remains atop the individual leaderboard with a two-day total of 141 (-3).

South Carolina’s 106 pars through two days of the FSU Match-Up are tied for the most in the field.
>> Sophomore Ainhoa Olarra’s 2-under 70 in the second round matched the best 18-hole score of her career.
>> Senior Sarah Schmelzel’s 69 (-3) on Saturday was one stroke off her career best 18-hole score.
>> The Gamecocks rank second this week in par-3 scoring (3.18), and South Carolina is third in par-4 (4.32) and par-5 (4.75) scoring.
>> Schmelzel, junior Katelyn Dambaugh and Olarra have each tallied eight birdies through two rounds. Their birdie totals rank second among individuals.

HEAD COACH Kalen Anderson
“The team played great today. They were very patient and committed with the wind and fast greens. We are looking forward to a good day tomorrow.”

The Gamecocks will look to capture their second FSU Match-Up title in the last three years when they conclude play at the event on Sunday. Follow the team’s official Twitter (@GamecockWGolf) for live updates throughout the day.

3. Sarah Schmelzel 74-69=143 (-1)
T4. Ainhoa Olarra 74-70=144 (E)
T7. Katelyn Dambaugh 74-71=145 (+1)
T42. Jia Xin Yang 80-75=155 (+11)
T64. Marion Veysseyre 75-87=162 (+18)

South Carolina 297-285=582 (+6)
2. Florida State 293-293=586 (+10)
3. Furman 298-290=588 (+12)
T4. Texas A&M 298-299=597 (+21)
T4. SMU 297-300=597 (+21)
T6. Virginia 305-298=603 (+27)
T6. Tennessee 303-300=603 (+27)
T8. Missouri 309-297=606 (+30)
T8. Coastal Carolina 297-309=606 (+30)
10. Kansas State 309-305=614 (+38)
11. Virginia Tech 307-310=617 (+41)
12. James Madison 318-318=636 (+60)