NINETY SIX, S.C. - Charleston Southern sits in second place and seniors Emelie Flink and Milleina Ohara are both in the top-ten through two rounds at the Big South Conference Championship. The Bucs shot rounds of +16 304 and +19 307 Friday at The Patriot at Grand Harbor and trail only top-seeded Campbell entering Saturday's final round.
The Fighting Camels, ranked No. 36 nationally in the latest Golfstat rankings, are 28 strokes ahead of CSU at +7 as they seek a third consecutive league crown. The Bucs are one shot in front of Longwood and four clear of Winthrop and High Point. UNC Asheville, at +44, is in sixth and also in the hunt for a top-three showing.
Campbell also has the top two individuals in the field in Isabell Ekstrom (-1) and Stacey White (E). Flink and Ohara are at +5 and +6, respectively, through 36 holes. Ohara paced CSU's opening round effort with a one-over par 73, while Flink turned in an identical score in the afternoon.
CSU head coach Matt Cram-Smith was pleased with the way his squad battled on day one. He hopes a similar mentality and more made putts will enable the Bucs to stay near the top of the leaderboard tomorrow.
"It was a pretty good day out there for the most part," Cram-Smith said. "We were definitely a bit up and down but that's how this course goes. There's just some really hard holes where you can make a big number and then some easier holes as well."
"Tomorrow will be a good challenge to be more consistent and make the most of our opportunities," Cram-Smith continued. "The ladies really fought hard out there and it was good to see some solid rounds."
Ohara sparked the Bucs' morning 18 with an even par front nine. She tallied four birdies in total to record a 73 and help CSU head into the second round along in second place.
Flink took the reins in the afternoon, buoyed by a one-under par front nine.
CSU will tee off tomorrow's third round off No. 1 between 8:50 and 9:30 a.m.