March 18, 2013

Spartans Second at Monterey Bay Invitational

Monterey, Calif. – Despite turning in the third-best score on the day, the USC Upstate women's golf team slid one position on the leaderboard and stands second after the second of three rounds in the Monterey Bay Invitational Monday afternoon.

The Monterey Bay Invitational is being played on the Del Monte Golf Course, which is part of the Pebble Beach Golf Links and Resort. It is the original Pebble Beach course and is the oldest course in continual operation west of the Mississippi River.

Upstate began the day in the lead, but shot a 332 in the second round as Northern Colorado jumped to the top of the leaderboard heading into Tuesday's final round. The Spartans trail the Bears by 10 strokes heading into the final round. However, the tournament is far from over. Upstate was 14 strokes better than Northern Colorado in the first round, while the Bears topped the Spartans by 24 in the second, meaning the team championship is up for grabs.

"We made lots of simple mistakes today," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "We work hard to stay relaxed and I am proud of the energy our players have on the course. Learning to play from in front is our next step and I feel good we can make it. The team is working hard to correct our misses before the final round tomorrow."

Northern Colorado owns a 644 36-hole total and leads Upstate (654) by 10 strokes. Western Illinois is third at 659 and is followed by Drake (668), Cal State Bakersfield (671) and South Dakota (679).

Taylor Barnes (Spartanburg, S.C.) continues to lead Upstate in the tournament. She stands second heading into the final round on Tuesday with a 160 total after shooting an 83 on Monday. It was tied for the second-best round of the day for Upstate. She trails tournament leader Carleigh Silvers (Northern Colorado) by eight shots at 152.

Amanda Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) remained in position to grab a Top 10 finish. She is tied for sixth with a 163 total after shooting an 82, the lowest round of the day for Upstate. Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.) is tied for 12 with a 165 total and shot an 83 Monday.

Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) shot an 86 on Monday and owns a 168 total. She is tied for 18th in the tournament. Malika Allie (Cape Town, South Africa) is tied for 21st with a 169 total. She shot an 84 as the fourth countable score Monday.

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