No. 11 Gamecocks Move into Second at SEC Championships
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – No. 11 South Carolina women’s golf made a move to second place at the 2019 SEC Women’s Golf Championships after Thursday’s second round. Carolina finished the day shooting 2-under par (286) at Greystone Golf and Country Club.
“It was a real good day, we got off to a fast start,” South Carolina head coach Kalen Anderson said. “They played really aggressive in the beginning and had some putts fall. The wind picked up on the back nine, the back nine is challenging and definitely the harder of the two nines. We finished with birdies on 16 and 18 to get it back to under par. So overall, a good day.”
The Gamecocks will enter the final day of stroke play six shots behind Florida. The Gators finished the second round with a team-best 283 (-5) to hold sole possession of first place. After Carolina, it is No. 6 Arkansas who made a move from fourth to third. The top five is rounded out by No. 40 Georgia and No. 14 Auburn. Eight teams will make the cut to the weekend’s match play portion of the tournament. No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 35 Ole Miss and LSU currently hold those final three spots in the top eight.
Freshman Emily Price was once again consistent, carding a second-straight 71 (-1) to finish the day in a tie for fourth. She is five-strokes behind the individual leader, Marta Perez SanMartin of Florida, and will be paired with her along with seventh-ranked amateur in the world, Maria Fassi of Arkansas, in Friday’s final round of stroke play.
The Gamecocks’ best score of the day came from senior Marion Veysseyre. The senior ended the day with a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for 10th after day two. She ended the day with four birdies and a balanced day on the front and back nine with a 1-under 35 on both.
“We were good today,” Veysseyre said after the round. “We were able to make a lot of birdies today, but had a rough patch from nine to 11. We’re going to be able to make some birdies there in match play, so we’re looking forward to those holes even though they have been tough so far.”
Junior Ana Pelaez roared to the top of the leaderboard by sinking five birdies in the first eight holes. After a 32 on the front nine, Pelaez was unable to hit a birdie the rest of the way and ended the second round with a second-straight even 72 to sit in a tie for 10th.
Lois Kaye Go was the fourth Gamecock to finish in the top 10 after day two, finishing the round with a 1-over 73 to sit in a tie for sixth. The junior even found the pin on the par-3 17th, nearly sinking a hole-in-one, but settled for a birdie instead to finish the back nine with an even 36.
Rounding out Carolina’s participants in the second round was Anita Uwadia. She finished the round with three birdies and a second-straight 3-over 75.
Carolina will begin Friday’s third and final round of stroke play at 10:40 a.m. ET with Anita Uwadia. The final four Gamecocks will tee off every ten minutes following Uwadia from hole No. 1.
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GAMECOCK LEADERBOARD – Round Two Stroke Play
T4. Emily Price – 71-71 (-2)
T6. Lois Kaye Go – 70-73 (-1)
T10. Marion Veysseyre – 74-70 (E)
T10. Ana Pelaez – 72-72 (E)
T46. Anita Uwadia – 75-75 (+6)
TEAM STANDINGS – Round Two Stroke Play
1. Florida – 284-283=567 (-9)
2. South Carolina – 287-286=573 (-3)
3. Arkansas – 291-287=578 (+2)
4. Georgia – 293-286=579 (+3)
5. Auburn – 284-298=582 (+6)
6. Vanderbilt – 296-288=584 (+8)
7. Ole Miss – 298-290=588 (+12)
8. LSU – 299-292=591 (+15)
9. Mississippi State – 294-298=592 (+16)
T10. Texas A&M – 300-293=593 (+17)
T10. Alabama – 301-292=593 (+17)
12. Tennessee – 294-300=594 (+18)
13. Missouri – 299-298=597 (+21)
14. Kentucky – 304-299=603 (+27)