HOUSTON — Day 2 of the NCAA Division III Women's Golf National Championships looked a lot like Day 1, at least when it came to the scores and the leaderboard. Rhodes College maintained its lead at the midway point of the tournament as the Lynx bid for a third national title in the last four years.
Rhodes, led by the record-setting play of Emily Salamy, followed up an opening round 301 with a 300 on Wednesday, and the Lynx's 601 total is good for a five-shot lead over the second-place duo of George Fox University and Williams College and their identical 303-303=606 team totals. Wittenberg University made the biggest move on Day 2, carding a tournament-low 298 for a 314-298=612 score and fourth place. Amherst College has sole possession of fifth place with a 313-307=620. There are 22 teams competing in the tournament and six individuals to make up the 116-player field.
Salamy fired a blistering 4-under par 68 for Rhodes on Wednesday to post the lowest score in relation to par in the history of the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships. Her two-day total of 77-68=145 is good for third place individually. Bridgewater's Christina Herbert grabbed the individual lead at 74-69=143, one shot clear of first-round leader Phoebe Mattana of Williams College (69-75=144). Wittenberg University teammates Jane Hopkinson-Wood (75-69) and Macy Hubbard (75-71) share fourth place at 146 and helped key the Tigers' hot round and climb up the leaderboard.
The four-day, 72-hole event is being played on a par-72, 5,869-yard layout at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston. Tee times for Thursday's third round start at 7:45 a.m. CT. The field will be cut to the low 15 teams and six individuals not on an advancing team for Friday's final round.
Teams also honored fallen servicemen and women as part of the "Folds of Honor" program during Wednesday's round. Each player was playing in memory of a service member killed in the line of duty and there were commemorative plaques honoring fallen service members on each hole.