Lady Eagles tied for sixth through 36 holes against elite field at Bell Invitational

Lady Eagles tied for sixth through 36 holes against elite field at Bell Invitational

WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. – Against a field which features eight of the nation's top 12 teams, the No. 12 Carson-Newman Lady Eagles are tied for sixth through 36 holes at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational. The first two rounds were held Monday at Tuscawilla Country Club in the Orlando area.

Carson-Newman shot 630 (+54) and is tied with No. 3 Rollins College and No. 17 Grand Valley State University (Mich.). The Lady Eagles opened the day with a 310 (+22) and were tied for second after the opening round.

C-N leads No. 11 St. Leo  by three strokes and is five back of No. 5 Barry University, which shot 625 on Monday.

No. 1 Nova Southeastern and No. 8 St. Edward's are tied for third at 618 (+30).

Junior Melanie Manis (Louisville, Tenn.) and senior Jennifer Oliver (Knoxville, Tenn.) are both tied for 16th at 156 (+12).

Manis had one of the day's lowest rounds with a 73 (+1) to open the day and was second through 18 holes. She played her first 22 holes of the day at even par and finished with four birdies.

Oliver was one of only 13 golfers to have two rounds in the 70s. She shot a pair of matching 78s.

Both are just two strokes out of the Top 10.

The duo is 10 strokes off the pace set by Grand Valley State's Sarah Hoffman, who leads at 146 (+2). She has a three-stroke lead over one of the year's top fields.

Sophomore Louise McGillvray (Banchory, Scotland) opened the day with a 79 and closed the afternoon with a 78. She sits at 157 (+13) for two rounds and is tied for 18th.

Senior Erica Ray (Maryville, Tenn.) is tied for 40th at 161 (+17). She shot 80-81 on the day and is in a logjam in the tournament, where four shots separate 23 golfers in the middle of the pack.

Sophomore Lauren Hodge (Jefferson City, Tenn.) is tied for 57th after an 87-86 (173) during Monday's two rounds.

The final round is Tuesday morning at Tuscawilla Country Club.

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Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total