April 10, 2012
NINETY SIX, S.C. - Coastal Carolina's Brittany Henderson birdied her final three holes of the day, shooting a 4-under 68 to tie the Big South Conference Women's Golf Championship all-time low round on day two of the championship to lead Coastal within a stroke of first place at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor.
Henderson's career-low round, coupled with her first-round 75, moves her into the tournament lead at 1-under as the only player below par after 36 holes. The junior ties fellow Chanticleer Anna Maness, who shot a 68 over the final round of the 2006 Big South Championship on her way to winning individual medalist honors, as the only two golfers in conference history to card a 4-under 68 during the championship. Additionally, Henderson is only the fourth Chanticleer to record a round of 68, joining Maness (2006), Aruka Felgueroso (2007, 2010) and current teammate Jessica Alexander (2010)."I am really proud of the way Brittany played today," said head coach Katie Quinney. "For her to shake off that early bogey, focus in and play a great round of golf really foreshadows how great of a player she has the ability to become.
"Brittany tying Anna with the all-time low round at the conference tournament shows the great amount of tradition and excellence Coastal has displayed over the years."
Campbell (294-300) continues to lead the championship as the Fighting Camels fired a 12-over 300 on the day to stand 18-over through 36 holes. The second-place Chanticleers shaved a stroke off their first round score of 298, carding a 9-over 297 to move within easy striking distance of Campbell. Host Gardner-Webb (307-304) sits third after two rounds at 35-over par.
Henderson bookended her front nine with bogeys but birdies on the second and seventh hole sent the Smiths Falls, Ontario, native to the 10th tee box at even-par. She then carded three straight pars before sinking a birdie putt on the par-5 13th. Two more pars followed before Henderson closed the round with three consecutive birdies to take the tournament lead into the final round. Additionally, she leads the field with eight birdies and in par-4 scoring at 2-over.
Freshman Frida Castillo also carded a career day with an even-par 72 to move from 10th (tied) to fourth on the leaderboard. Castillo made the turn at 1-under thanks to a pair of birdies against a single bogey. She then recorded three bogeys and four pars over her next seven holes before carding the tournament's third eagle on 18.
Alexander got off to a tough start with a bogey on the second hole followed by a double bogey on the third but would record eight pars and two birdies over her next 16 holes. However, four consecutive bogeys on the ninth through 12th holes and another on the 14th left the 2011 Big South medalist 6-over. She is tied for 7th (73-78=151).
Kaitlin Higginbotham (74-79=153) sits tied for ninth after posting a 79 on the day. Higginbotham started the day with a birdie followed by a trio of pars; however, she would play her next seven holes 7-over. The senior responded with six pars before a bogey on 18 pushed her to the plus-7 score.
Eugenia Guerra shaved three strokes off her first round score to shoot an 81. The junior is tied for 40th.The Chants tee off on the third and final round of the championship starting at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday.
Big South Conference Championship
The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor
Ninety Six, S.C.
Par: 72 - 6,009 yards
Dates: April 9-11
1. Campbell 294 300 594 +18 2. Coastal Carolina 298 297 595 +19 3. Gardner-Webb 307 304 611 +35 4. Winthrop 313 306 619 +43 5. Radford 310 314 624 +48 ** Presbyterian College 318 307 625 +49 6. Charleston Southern 321 309 630 +54 t-7. Bucknell 320 311 631 +55 t-7. High Point 314 317 631 +55 9. Holy Cross 395 382 777 +201
** Presbyterian College is not eligible for the Big South Championship due to its transition to Division I.