To say that the Pete Dye course at Long Cove Club at Hilton Head Island, S.C., played tougher on the second day than it did the first is an understatement. The Alabama team of Coach Mic Potter had its struggles with all five players over par and the Crimson Tide scoring 20 strokes higher Saturday than on Friday.
The good news is that the fourth-ranked Alabama team still has a three-stroke lead going to Sunday’s final round of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate.
Bama shot a 14-over-par 298 on Saturday and is three strokes ahead of Virginia, which also shot 298 with all five players over par. Bama is at 576, eight-over-par, Virginia at 579. Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State are tied for third at 582, Georgia fifth at 583. Oklahoma State and Georgia both handled the course well, OSU turning in a 290 round and the Bulldogs a 282.
Senior Emma Talley turned in the best round of Saturday, making par on all but two holes for a 2-over 73. She is tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard after 36 holes. Freshman Cheyenne Knight recovered from consecutive double bogeys on the front nine to card a 1-under on the back nine, shooting a 3-over 74 for the round. She is tied for third individually.
Sophomore Nicole Morales carded a 4-over 75, while sophomore Lakareber Abe and senior Janie Jackson were both at 5-over 76.
Alabama begins the final round on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. CT and has been paired with Virginia and Oklahoma State.