NINETY-SIX, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Shelby Thompson posted a second round 74 and sits in fifth place, six strokes back of the lead, at the Big South Championship. CSU slipped from second to fifth as a team, 24 strokes off the pace set by top-seeded Campbell. The Bucs are just ten behind second-place Gardner-Webb entering Wednesday's final round at The Patriot at Grand Harbor.
CSU was within seven shots of Campbell at the start of the day but struggled to make birdies and gain ground. The Bucs finished at nine-over 297 behind a one-over effort from junior Hayley McNeill (12th) and 74's from Thompson (5th) and classmate Bella Johnson-Schmitz (33rd). Milleina Ohara (T-30th) posted a 76 for CSU's other counted score.
Campbell doubled its round one advantage with an eight-under 280 tally, the second lowest in championship history. Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian and High Point also finished Tuesday's play in red numbers to surge ahead of CSU. GWU, at +7 overall, trails Campbell by 14 strokes. The Bucs are only three back of a tie for third between PC and HPU.
PC's Celia Mansour and Campbell's Desiree Andersson are tied for the individual lead at -7. Mansour shattered the championship scoring record with a six-under 66 to tie Andersson, Monday's clubhouse leader. Andersson followed her opening round 69 with a sterling 68 that featured five birdies and just one bogey. Campbell's Annelie Sjoholm and High Point's Samantha Vodry are five behind at -2, while Thompson, at -1, is the only other player below par.
Thompson birdied three of her final five holes on Monday and started strong with a birdie at No. 2 to get to -4 overall. She bogeyed two of her next three holes, though, and did not post another birdie until the closing 18th. Thompson did have seven straight pars at one point, however, and remains in contention for the title with 18 holes left.
McNeill put forth another steady round and is only one stroke out of a five-way tie for seventh. She went out in one-under 35 behind birdies at both par-five's on the front side. The Australian gave back three shots with bogeys at 10, 12 and 17 but finished in style with a birdie at the closing hole.
Johnson-Schmitz recovered from an opening round 82 to play well on Tuesday. She was +4 for the day through 14 holes but ran off birdies at 15, 16 and 18 to head into her final collegiate round with some momentum.
Ohara parred her first seven holes of round two but was undone by a pair of bogeys and back-to-back double bogeys in a five-hole stretch. She did recover with birdies at the par-five 13th and 18th, as well as a birdie two at No. 15, to salvage a 76.
Hannah Barger, off a first round 74, notched a 77 on day two. She recorded 14 pars in total.
CSU will tee off round three between 8 and 8:40 a.m. on Wednesday. The Bucs will play alongside High Point and Winthrop. A trophy ceremony and the announcement of the Big South All-Conference Teams will follow the round.