PINEHURST, N.C. – Charleston Southern recorded a strong two-over par 290 in the second round to rise into a tie for eighth place on day one of the Pinehurst Challenge Invitational. CSU was led by a one-under par effort from junior Hayley McNeill, who is tied for 12th in the field of 96 players at Pinehurst No. 1.
McNeill notched 15 pars and highlighted a consistent round with an eagle at the par-five second hole. That showing followed a solid three-over par 75 on the morning 18. Milleina Ohara, Shelby Thompson and Emelie Flink all carded scores of two-over or better to help the Bucs move past three teams in the afternoon. Ohara showed resolve in rebounding from an eight-over par morning effort with an even-par tally that included 16 pars.
East Carolina is in first-place, with a ten-stroke lead over second-place Auburn, thanks to an impressive 11-under par score in the afternoon. The Pirates' Lisa Pettersson, at -7, has a one shot lead on Auburn's Kelli Murphy for the individual lead.
CSU head coach Matt Cram-Smith has led his club to a strong fall season and was happy to see the group string together good play after an up-and-down start.
"We seemed to figure out a few things from this morning and got some better scores this afternoon," Cram-Smith said. "Milleina and Shelby had huge turnarounds after a rough start which was great to see. Hayley got it going again this afternoon and shot under par which featured a great eagle on the second hole."
"Emelie was close to having two really good rounds and made some improvements this afternoon which showed the development in her mental game is coming along," Cram-Smith continued. "We're looking forward to getting back out there in the morning and playing this great course."
Flink and Thompson aided CSU's second round cause with one-under par totals on the front nine. Flink had birdies on both par-five's and the par-three ninth while Thompson sprinkled in a birdie at the par-five second with eight pars.
Final round play is set for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Tuesday.