March 24, 2014
JOHNS ISLAND - Sophomore Lena Schaeffner is tied for 10th on the individual leaderboard with a 36-hole score of 149 (+5) to pace the Coastal Carolina University women's golf team through two rounds at the 54-hole Briar's Creek Invitational contested on the par-72, 6,101-yard The Golf Club at Briar's Creek.
Schaeffner, who carded rounds of 74 and 75 on the day, is in a nine way tie for tenth in the 93-competitor field. The Rettigheim, Germany, native played both the front and back nine of her opening round at 1-over with a pair of birdies. She was 2-over through her opening eight holes of her second round before turning in Coastal's shot of the day en route to an eagle on the par-5, 514-yard 18th hole. She closed her final nine holes of the afternoon 3-over to post her 75.
As a team, Coastal Carolina is 14th in the 17-team field, but is just seven strokes out of top-10. The Chanticleers turned in scores of 310 and 311 for a 45-over, 621 two-round tally.
GRU-Augusta, ranked 34th by Golfstat, heads the team standings with a 20-over 596 (300-296). East Carolina (294-306=600) is second followed by No. 11 Clemson (303-298=601) and Texas Tech (299-303=602). No. 44 East Tennessee State (300-303) and Penn State (309-294) are tied for fifth with matching 15-over, 603 scores. Other ranked teams in the field include No. 40 Kansas (308-301=609) in eighth, No. 46 Wisconsin (309-303-612) in ninth and No. 48 Illinois (316-310=626) in 15th.
Coastal's Frida Castillo and Emee Herbert are tied for 55th overall with 36-hole scores of 158 (+14). Castillo opened the day with a 9-over 81, but rebounded to shoot a 5-over 77 over her second round. Herbert shot matching rounds of 79. Both Castillo and Herbert finished each round with a birdie.
Marissa Hinchman carded rounds of 76 and 86 en route to her 162 score, tying the sophomore for 67th overall. Hinchman had an up and down day as she recorded a team-high six birdies, including four during her opening 18 holes.
Bailey Cocca rounded out the Coastal contingent with a 36-hole score of 163. Cocca, who is making her Chanticleer debut at the tournament, turned in scores of 83 and 80.
The Chants tee off on the final round of the tournament Tuesday morning.