Oliver fifth; Lady Eagles in fourth after 36 holes at SAC Championships

Oliver fifth; Lady Eagles in fourth after 36 holes at SAC Championships

CONOVER, N.C. – Carson-Newman senior Jennifer Oliver is tied for fifth after a 156 (+12) and Lady Eagles are in fourth place as a team, following the first two rounds of 2012 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Championships, played Monday at the Rock Barn Golf Club.

The Lady Eagles shot a team 640 on the day. They are a stroke behind rival Tusculum (639) and eight strokes behind Lincoln Memorial, who is in second place after a 632 on Monday. C-N rallied from a 325 to open the day to shoot 315 on the afternoon.

Newberry controls the tournament, leading LMU by 14 shots at 618 and is 22 shots ahead of C-N.

Oliver carded one of the best scores of the day in sunny, but very windy conditions with a 75 in her afternoon round. Winds blew throughout the day with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, making scores very high on the Jackson course. Oliver fired an 81 in her opening round.

Sophomore Mary Tunnell is tied for 10th after a consistent 159 on the day. She shot an 80 in her first round and a 79 to close the day.

Junior Melanie Manis is tied for 13th after following an 85 in the first round with a 76 in the afternoon. She birdied her final hole of the day.

Senior Erica Ray opened with an 79, but slipped in the afternoon with an 88 and is tied for 24th.

Sophomore Lauren Hodge is 35th after a two-round total of 177.

Newberry was paced by the Championship's top-two individual showings, as SAC Player of the Year Maria Luz Besio carded a five-over 147 and Lisa Brandl finished at nine over with a 151. 

LMU's Desta Coaker is currently third in the individual standings after shooing day-one rounds of 77 and 76 to finish six shots back of Besio. 

Wingate closed the day in fifth place – 33 shots behind Newberry – with Catawba, Anderson, Lenoir-Rhyne, Brevard and Mars Hill rounding out the field in that order.

Besio and Brandl tied for the best individual round of day one, as both shot a 72 – Besio in the first round and Brandl in round No. 2. 

Tuesday's final round has been moved to up an 8:50 a.m. start to avoid late-afternoon weather.