Record round by Laura Lindsey puts Texas-Tyler in front at Jeykll Island
JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. -- Defending national individual champion Laura Lindsey was dominant on Saturday, firing a tournament-record 68 to lead UT-Tylerto the lead at the end of the second round of the Jekyll Island Invitational. Lindsey recorded two eagles on the day, shooting four-under par.
Lindsey, a sophomore, and 2013 National Champion, recorded two eagles for the round, igniting her to a Jekyll record 68.
After starting the back-nine with a bogey and two pars, Lindsey recorded the first eagle on the par-four 13th hole.
"The first one [on 13], I was about 120 yards out", said Lindsey. "I knew I hit it well, but couldn't see the hole".
On 15, Lindsey's second shot was about 140 yards out, but the savy-sophomore once again, put her shot on target.
"I saw that the ball was on the green, then all of-a-sudden, I couldn't see it." "I started laughing", said Lindsey, "no way I just did that again".
The talented Texan had never posted two eagles in one round, accomplishing the feat in her record-breaking round on Saturday. Lindsey has won six tournaments since becoming a Patriot in the fall of 2012.
"UT-Tyler is a great place to get an education, and our team is comprised of girls who love the sport, and want to compete for championships every time out".
The Patriots are competing again for a title, sitting in first-place by four strokes against second-place Rhodes College, who shot a combined 318 on Day 2.
Lindsey's teammate, Taylor Sloane also had a solid day, firing a 75, finishing the day in a tie for fourth place.
The Patriots' round-one leader, Marina Rhodes, shot an 84 in the second round, dropping her to a 29th-place tie.
Jordan Sloane improved in the second round, finishing with an 80 (T-57th), while Morgan Loth improved by one stroke with an 84.
Head coach Grant Spencer was proud of the Patriots' efforts.
"All coaches are excited when a player shoots a low-round score, and I am thrilled it was one of our own today", Spencer said.
"We are excited to be in the lead in this premier tournament, with great competition and a great host in Oglethorpe. We have been coming here for five years and love it."
Spencer also added, "We always seem to play well here, but this is our best showing yet. Hopefully we can play well tomorrow and close it out".