PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Charleston Southern junior Milleina Ohara fired a second round one-under par 71, the fourth best score of the day, to pace the Bucs Monday at the Web.com Intercollegiate. Ohara finished tied for sixth place and CSU placed 11th in the rain-shortened event. Flooding, due to heavy rains late Monday, forced the cancellation of Tuesday's scheduled final round.
Strong winds, along with a pair of lightning delays, made for a long day of golf at Marsh Landing Country Club. Ohara shot a 78 in the morning but then braved the elements in the afternoon, putting together one of just four rounds in red numbers among the field of 90 players. She finshed one stroke out of fifth, five out of second and nine behind individual champion Sasikarn Somboonsup of Texas State.
CSU placed 11th in the tightly bunched 16-team field, just four shots back of a three-way tie for fifth and nine out of third. The Bucs finished two strokes ahead of No. 45 Campbell, the top-ranked team in the tournament and in the Big South Conference. East Tennessee State claimed the team title at +22.
The only blemish on Ohara's round two scorecard was a bogey at the par-four 15th. She parred the final three holes of her back nine, followed with a birdie at the par-four 1st and another at the par-four fifth to surge to a +5 total. Ohara was even par on her first nine of the day but had two bogeys and a pair of doubles on the front side to record a 78.
Hannah Barger, back in the lineup for the first time in three events, was CSU's second best player on day one. She is tied for 28th at +8 following rounds of 74 and 80. Barger recorded three birdies in round one and was level par on the front side.
Bella Johnson-Schmitz (+12 (T-40th)), Shelby Thompson (+14 (T-52nd)) and Hayley McNeill (+17 (T-69th)) were the other competitors for coach Matt Cram-Smith's squad. Johnson-Schmitz had a pair of 78's for the best efforts of that trio. She was even par, with a pair of birdies, on her final nine of the day.
CSU now sets its sights on preparation for the Big South Championship. The Bucs finished third in last year's event. This year's tournament will take place April 17-19 at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety-Six, S.C.