April 7, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The South Carolina women's golf team posted a second-round 300 (+12) on Saturday at the Bryan National Collegiate at Bryan Park Golf and Enrichment Center.
The Gamecocks fell back three spots to fifth place on the leaderboard with a two-round score of 592 (+6). Carolina remains in contention, trailing tournament leader Tennessee by eight strokes heading into the final round. The Lady Vols shot a 291 (+3) to take the lead with a score of 584 (+8).
"Amanda (Strang) and Meredith (Swanson) had a strong day," South Carolina head coach Kalen Harris said. "The conditions were good for scoring today, so we didn't capitalize as well as we could have. Overall, we are playing well and in a good position to contend for the team title. We are looking forward to tomorrow."
Junior Amanda Strang carded her second straight round of 72 (E) to lead the Gamecocks. Strang moved one spot up the leaderboard into seventh place with a two-round total of 144 (E). She had an up and down front nine as she recorded back-to-back bogeys to start the day and then back-to-back birdies on the next two holes to move back to even. Strang then bogeyed the fifth, birdied the sixth, bogeyed the seventh and birdied the eighth before making par on the ninth to make the turn at even. She played more consistent golf on the back nine, making one bogey, one birdie and seven pars to close out her round.
Senior Katie Burnett entered the day with the lead but she turned in a 6-over 78 on Saturday to fall into a tie for 14th with a score of 148 (+4). She made the turn with a 2-over 38 but she recorded a double bogey and two bogeys, including one on the 18th, to wrap up the day at 6-over.
Sophomore Samantha Swinehart, who is playing as an individual, is also in a tie for 14th after shooting a 3-over 75. She recorded two birdies, five bogeys and 11 pars for the round.
Junior Meredith Swanson rebounded from an opening-round 77 by shooting an even-par 72 to climb 22 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 21st. Swanson struggled on the front side on her way to a 3-over 39 but she settled down to finish strong on the back nine. The Roanoke, Va., native recorded six pars and three birdies, including one on the 18th, to battle back to even par heading into the clubhouse.
Florida State is in second with a total of 586 (+10), followed by North Carolina (590) and Ohio State (591). Florida State's Jessica Negron, Tennessee's Erica Popson and Ohio State's Rachel Rohanna are tied for the individual lead with a score of 141 (-3).
The final round is scheduled to get underway with a shotgun start on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Live scoring is available at golfstatresults.com.
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