Myrtle Beach, SC – The Stetson University golf teams finished the second day of the GolfWeek Program Challenge with improved scores and positioning heading into Tuesday’s final round of play.
The Stetson women made the biggest improvement, shaving eight shots off their score from Sunday’s round of 318. Monday’s 310 moved the Hatters up three spots in the field of 12 teams into eighth place. Stetson is just six shots behind Western Carolina for sixth in the field.
The Hatters were led by junior Ryan Ashburn, who fired a one-over par 73 on Monday, a nine stroke improvement over her opening round. Ashburn (82-73=155) is tied for 20th overall in the field, three shots outside the top 15.
Stetson’s Sammi Smith (76-80=156) is tied for 26th, Claudia Redinger (79-79=158) is tied for 32nd, Mallory Viera (81-80=161) is tied for 41st and Jenna Hoecker (86-78=164) is in 52nd place.
On the men’s side, the Hatters followed an opening round score of 298 with a one shot improvement. All five players for Stetson have been consistent with their play, with an overall scoring average of 75.2.
The Hatters’ trio of freshmen are leading the way for Stetson. Michael Primavera (71-74=145) is two over par for the tournament, tied for 20th place. Fellow freshmen Dustin Dingus (75-73=148) is three shots back. Andrew Peterson (76-74=150) improved by two shots with his second round performance.
Juniors Matt Taylor (76-76=152) and Tyler White (79-78=157) have been consistent with their play through two rounds.
Defending event champion Campbell University leads both the men’s and women’s fields. The Camels (282-290=572) are four-under par as a team on the men’s side, and hold a two shot lead over Jacksonville State (290-284=290-284). Both James Madison (281-295=576) and Troy (296-281=577) are within striking distance entering the final day of play.
On the women’s side, the Camels (286-288=574) have a commanding lead over second place Central Arkansas (304-298=602) with James Madison (302-303=605) and Boston College (300-305=605) tied for third.
The top individual players so far in the women’s tournament are Troy’s Sofia Bjorkman (67-75=142) and Central Arkansas’ Julia Roth (71-71=142), both at even par. Players from Campbell hold down five of the next eight positions on the leader board.
The men’s individual field is led by Trey Smith of James Madison at five-under par (68-67=135). He has a two shot lead over Gran Houser (68-69=137) of Campbell and a four-shot advantage over Jacksonville State’s Tomasz Anderson (70-69=139) and Austen Moix of Central Arkansas (71-68=139).
The Stetson men will open play in the final round at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, starting from the back nine of the True Blue Course. The Hatters are paired with players from Georgetown and Northern Iowa.
The Stetson women will get started at 7:30 a.m. from the back nine at Caledonia, and are paired with Georgetown and Austin Peay State.
Live statistics from the GolfWeek Program Challenge are available at golfstat.com.