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.Lynn was able to hold its lead through the back nine despite shooting thirteen shots over par through the final nine holes. Calvo was the first to finish when she carded an 84 while Smolen came in right behind her with a three-over par 74. Manalo’s consistency throughout the championships continued with a 73 second round score to remain in the top-5. She is tied for fourth with California Baptist’s Tina Yang who led after the first round.
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.