KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Charleston Southern sits in 16th place in an elite field at The Ocean Course Invitational after struggling to a 50-over par 36-hole score on Monday. Senior Milleina Ohara (T-38th) paced the Bucs with a +6 composite effort, while classmate Hayley McNeill (T-43rd) fired a one-under 72 in the afternoon for CSU's best round of the day.
Ole Miss (E) has a two stroke lead over Florida State for the team lead, with Tuesday's final round left to play. The Rebels have three players in the top-15, led by Connor Beth Ball (-6 (3rd)). North Carolina State and North Carolina both finished at +3 and trail Ole Miss by three shots. Wake Forest's Jennifer Kupcho turned in two rounds in the 60's (69-68 (-9)) and has a two-stroke edge on Mississippi State's Aubree Jones atop the individual leaderboard.
CSU will attempt to make move up the standings when Tuesday's third round begins at 8:30 a.m. The Bucs are slated to tee of numbers 16, 17 and 18, and will play alongside College of Charleston, North Florida and Elon.
Ohara (75-77) gave CSU the steady play she contributed for much of last season. She started hot with birdies at No. 16 – her first hole of the day – and No. 18 before giving back strokes with four bogeys on the front nine. Ohara recovered to salvage a +2 opening round by birdieing the tenth and playing her final six holes at level par. In the afternoon, double bogeys on two of her last four holes resulted in a 77. Ohara had mixed in three birdies while playing to even par of the first 14 holes.
McNeill, a reigning All-Big South Conference selection and CSU's top player, had her first round undone by two triples bogeys but bounced back with an excellent showing on the second 18. She played the front nine at two-under 35 and had four birdies in total for the Bucs' lone red number of the day.
Emelie Flink (+13 (T-63rd)), Daniela Intriago (+24 (T-80th)) and Andriel Aimua (+36 (86th)) all struggled to find consistency on the opening day of the season's first event. Flink's first round 79 was the top round of that group. Intriago and Aimua are making their CSU debuts and will look to rebound tomorrow.