Defending national champion Lynn leads field after Day 2
CONOVER, N.C. -- The defending national champion team from Lynn shot 297 in the second round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championship to hold a three stroke lead over Sunshine State Conference rival Barry. Louise Manalo led the team for the second day in a row with a 73 while junior Samantha Smolen finished with a 74. The Fighting Knights are familiar with the par-71, 5,928-yard course at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, however. The Blue & White won the NCAA Division II Preview on Oct. 28, 2013, one of 10 tournament victories the Fighting Knights have had this season.
After an hour-long delay due to weather, Lynn began the day strong finishing the front nine holes even with par. Smolen began the day with back-to-back birdies on holes one and two, she finished the front nine one-under par after a pair of bogeys and a birdie on hole No. 8.
Ellen Chambers made a pair of birdies and a bogey on the seventh hole to also shoot one-under par on the front nine. Jessica Bradley and Louise Manalo both made the turn one shot over par while Irene Calvo was seven over par after nine holes.
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Jessica Bradley carded a 76 after another solid round where she made par on 14 holes. Chambers turned in a 74 to finish two strokes better than her previous round.
Barry shot a 289 for the lowest team round of the tournament thus far and moved into second place with a 594 overall score while Tarleton (599) moved into third place with a 299 in the second round. Rollins (603) shot 22-over par on the day to drop to fourth place and trails TSU by four strokes overall. Central Oklahoma (608) rounds out the top-5 teams with a 307 second round score.
The top-ranked Fighting Knights return to action on Friday. Lynn will be paired with Barry and Tarleton State and will tee off at 9:40 a.m. from hole No. 1.