DICKSON, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky fired a team combined score of 300 to jump into the lead after round two of the 2013 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship being played at the GreyStone Golf Club in Dickson.
The score tied for the ninth-lowest round in OVC Women’s Golf Championship history and gives the team a five-shot lead with 18 holes to play. The Colonels are trying to claim its first OVC women’s golf crown since winning its lone title in 1996.
For the week the championship course is playing 5,964 yards and is a par 72.
Eastern Kentucky (608, +32) improved by eight shots over its round one score and is five shots ahead of Morehead State (613, +37) and seven shots ahead of defending champion Jacksonville State (615, +39). Austin Peay and Murray State are tied for fourth at 621 (+45) while the field is rounded out by Tennessee Tech (642, +66), Belmont (644, +68), SIUE (667, +91), host Eastern Illinois (670, +94) and Tennessee State (777, +201).
This year’s field features 10 teams, the largest field in OVC Women’s Golf Championship history.
Individually, Eastern Kentucky senior Kristen Dorsey and Morehead State freshman Katie Rice share the individual lead at 149 (+5). Dorsey entered the day tied for 17th place but shot the only under par round of the day, firing a 2-under round of 70. After a two-over score on the first nine holes, Dorsey netted four birdies on the back nine including three-straight from 11 through 13. Rice was one of the four leaders after round one and kept her position with a 3-over round of 75 on Monday.
Murray State’s Alexandra Lennartsson (150) is one shot back of that duo in third place while Eastern Kentucky’s Anna Gleixner is another shot back in fourth (151). Overall 11 players are within five shots of the lead.
Austin Peay freshman Jessica Cathey carded the first hole-in-one of the tournament, acing the par 3, 132-yard 11th hole. She is one of three players tied for fifth place after entering the round in 14th.
Dorsey and Gleixner are two of three EKU golfers who are in the top five entering the final round. They are joined by Becky Sharpe who had a round of 78 (+4) on Monday and is tied for fifth place with 18 holes to go.
Morehead State shaved three shots off its team score from Sunday and remained in second place. In addition to Rice leading the way, OVC Freshman of the Year Anna Appert Lund and Marisa Kamelgarn, last year’s co-medalist, are tied for 10th (154, +10).
Defending champion Jacksonville State is paced by Ornella Arrizon who had a round of 78 (+6) on Monday and is one of the three players tied for fifth. Melania Bajo Geijo is a stroke behind her teammate in eighth place while OVC All-Newcomer Team selection Maya Parsons is tied for 10th.
Cathey was one of two Austin Peay players who carded 2-over rounds of 74 during the second round. While Cathey sits in fifth place, the other player to shoot 74, Lauren Bond, is one shot back in eighth.
Lennartsson’s round of 74 led the Racers attack while Delaney Howson is also in the top 10 after a round of 78 on Monday for Murray State.
Tennessee Tech jumped from seventh to sixth in the team standings after improving its score by 14 strokes from Sunday. Four of the Golden Eagles players either matched or improved their scores from the opening round including Amber Shepherd who improved by eight shots and is now tied for 23rd place. Madalyn Everts leads TTU with a two-day total of 155 (+11); she is tied for 14th overall.
Sydney Hudson is the top golfer for Belmont after day two; she followed a round of 76 with a 3-over score of 79 on Monday and currently sits in 14th place. After sharing the individual lead after round one, Janet Steen had a round of 83 on Monday and dropped back to 19th place (157, +13).
Ashton Stair carded a round of 76 (+4) on Monday to move up to 23rd place. She currently has a two-round total of 160 (+16) which is one shot ahead of teammate Brooks White who is in 29th place.
Eastern Illinois senior Lauren Williams improved by six shots from her opening round total; she carded a second round total of 75 (+3) and is now at 156 (+12) and in 17th place.
For the second-straight day Kelly Merkel led Tennessee State. Her score of 79 (+7) was a six-shot improvement over her first round total. She currently sits in 32nd place.
The OVC Women's Golf Championship will conclude with 18 holes of round action on Tuesday. The action starts at 8:00 a.m. CT and live scoring can be accessed through links at OVCSports.com.