Eden Howard and Payton Culler each shot in the 70’s to lead the Spartans as the USC Upstate women’s golf team moved up three positions on the leaderboard in the second round of the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic Monday afternoon.
Upstate played the Oak Point course Monday in the second round and picked up three positions on the leaderboard. The Spartans shot 320 and are in 31st position in the 40-team field, which is the largest tournament field in college women’s golf. The tournament will conclude with the final round Tuesday.
Howard topped Upstate Monday with a 78, while Culler carded a 79 to lead the Spartans. Howard had a birdie, 11 pars and played the front nine at 2-over to shoot 78. Culler had a birdie, 10 pars and played the front nine at 1-over to shoot 79 on the day. The effort of the two Spartans helped Upstate shoot 320 on the Osprey Point course. The score was 11 strokes better than Sunday’s opening round of 331 on the Oak Point Course.
“It was a good start today, and that is promising,” said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. “I was proud that we improved quite a bit today and we hope to continue that trend tomorrow. Moving up is always a good thing.”
Upstate played the front nine in 9-over to start the round well. The Spartans counted scores of 78 from Howard, 79 from Culler, 80 from Rachel Reiling and 83 from Kinsey Soniat. Sidney Dermody shot of 84. Reiling had three birdies in her round and Soniat added two to give the Spartans seven on the day and 12 for the tournament.
Reiling owns a 157 total and is tied for 59th on the individual leaderboard. She is one of 210 players in the field. College of Charleston’s Laura Fuenfstueck leads the tournament with a 141 total.
College of Charleston owns the lead heading into the final round. The Cougars own a 588 total. Troy is second at 598 and is followed by North Florida (601), Stetson (602), Elon (603), Chattanooga (606), Samford (607), Western Carolina (609), Savannah College of Art Design (616), Delaware (617), Jacksonville (621), Jacksonville State (621), Illinois State (621), Marshall (622), USC Beaufort (625), Seton Hall (628), Bethune-Cookman (629), Western Kentucky (629), Georgetown (630), UNC Greensboro (631), Boston U. (632), Charleston Southern (632), Rutgers (635), Boston College (636), Florida Gulf Coast (637), William & Mary (638), Towson (638), Richmond (640), South Alabama (643), Radford (646), Upstate (651), Ball State (653), Longwood (656), Loyola (659), St. John’s (672), Navy (678), The Citadel (683), Bucknell (702), Presbyterian (715), High Point (NS).