McNeill leads way on day one of Pirate Collegiate Classic

McNeill leads way on day one of Pirate Collegiate Classic

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Charleston Southern senior Hayley McNeill fired a second round two-over par 74 on Monday, and is tied for 21st place through 36 holes at the Pirate Collegiate Classic. CSU compiled a team score of 44-over 620, and is tied for 11th place among the 17-team field competing at Greenville Country Club.

Host East Carolina, the two-time defending champion in the event, is the clubhouse leader at +3. The Pirates compiled an impressive eight-under par opening round, and enjoy a four-stroke lead over Western Kentucky. Towson is 13 shots back at +16. Individually, Towson's Alexis Hios and Cincinnati's Anika Hitt are tied for the lead at -2. ECU's Kate Law, at -1, is the only other player among the 90 entrants in red numbers. The Pirates' Dorthea Forbrigd and Catherine Ashworth are two behind at level par.

CSU is within striking distance of the top half of the field. The Bucs trail William & Mary by one shot for 10th, and are just four behind ninth-place High Point and seven back of eighth-place Presbyterian. Appalachian State is currently in seventh at +36.

McNeill's afternoon effort was the best of the day for CSU head coach Matt Cram-Smith's squad. She was three-over through six holes but went on to finish strong with 11 consecutive pars before capping the round with a birdie at the par-three second. In the morning, McNeill was -1 on the front nine but was undone by struggles on the back, where she made six bogeys.

The Bucs' other seniors, Emelie Flink and Milleina Ohara, sit in a tie for 45th. Flink's opening round 75 was CSU's second best score of the day. She had three birdies as part of that round, including two on a one-over front nine. Ohara struggled to an 80 in the morning but showed resolve to post a second round 76. She had three birdies on a four-hole span late in the round – No.'s 18, 2 and 3 – to move up in the field.

Xuss Boria (T-70th) and Daniela Intriago (T-80th) rounded out CSU's lineup. Boria, making her college debut, carded a 78 in the first round.

CSU will play its final round tomorrow morning, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Bucs are slated to tee off No.'s 10, 11 and 12, and will play alongside William & Mary and UNC Asheville.

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