PINEHURST, N.C. - The Mississippi State women's golf team is in a three-way tie for second after second round play Monday at the Pinehurst Challenge in Pinehurst, N.C. The Lady Bulldogs fired a 316 in rough weather conditions on Monday at the par 72, 5954-yard Pinehurst #8 course.
"The wind was a major factor in the high scores today," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "We had so many misfortunes from good shots due to the rough conditions and the firmness of the greens. The good thing is that we are still in contention and we will have to have a better round tomorrow to win the event."
State's Amanda Mathis and Stephanie Godare both fired a 78 on Monday to lead MSU. Mathis and sophomore Julia Huh are tied for 11th place with a two-round score of 154. Godare is one shot back at 155 and is tied for 15th. Ashleigh Korzack fired an 81 in the second round and stands in a tie for 25th heading into Tuesday's final round. Competing in her second collegiate tournament, freshman Leigh Phillips has a two-round total of 176 after two rounds of play.
Maryland remains the leader of the team competition, carding a 310 on Monday and stands six shots ahead of MSU, Iowa and North Carolina-Wilmington. Washington State's Anastasia Kostina shot an even-par 72 on Monday to overtake the lead in the individual competition.
Final round action of the Pinehurst Challenge will get under way Tuesday at 8 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.