Upstate Continues Play at A-Sun Championships

April 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Kissimmee, Fla. – The USC Upstate women’s golf team wrapped up the second round of the A-Sun Championships Monday and Rachel Reiling continues to lead the way for the Spartans and is in position to battle for Upstate’s best individual finish ever in the event heading into the final round.

Reiling enters the final round tied for 19th after rounds of 75 Sunday and 81 Monday. The senior will enter her final A-Sun Championship round looking to make history while chasing Upstate’s best-ever individual finish. Taylor Barnes owns the school’s top finish when she placed in a tie for 16th at the 2013 tournament in her final A-Sun Championship appearance.

Upstate shot 323 on Monday and currently stands eighth in the tournament with a 636 total heading into Tuesday’s final round. The Spartans counted scores of 80 from Allea Hawkins and Sidney Dermody, 81 from Reiling and 82, which was shot by both Eden Howard and Payton Culler.

“We needed one or two players to post something low today and didn’t get that,” said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. “Our throw-out scores are better, but that doesn’t do anything on the leaderboard. Our players can play stronger and they all know that.”

Kennesaw State remained the class of the field and will carry a 22-stroke lead into the final round after shooting 292 on Monday. The Owls own a 579 tournament total and are followed on the leaderboard by Florida Gulf Coast (601), North Florida (610), Jacksonville (613), Stetson (614), Lipscomb (628), Northern Kentucky (634) and Upstate (636). The Spartans are eight shots out of sixth place.

Individually, Kennesaw State’s Dulcie Sverdloff leads the tournament with a 142 total after shooting even-par 72 Monday. She owns a two-stroke lead. Reiling leads the Upstate contingent in the Top 20, while Howard and Hawkins are tied for 28th. Dermody and Culler are tied for 34th. The Spartans converted five birdies on the day and increased their tournament total to 12.