INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Lipscomb women's golf team returned to the links on Monday at the Butler Fall Invitational and is sitting at the top of the leaderboard at 603 (310-293) after the first 36-holes.
The Bisons jumped up two spots to end the day by firing a school record 18-hole score of 293 in the second round. Lipscomb was in third after the first round with a score of 310, but a complete team effort pushed the Purple and Gold to the top of the leaderboard. Lipscomb has a nine-stroke advantage over host-team Butler, who sits in second at 612.
All five competitors for Lipscomb posted top-20 results on the first day of competition with sophomore Emily Keeling setting the pace.
Keeling is tied for first at 148 after firing rounds of 77 and 71 to start her tournament. Her second-round score of 71 set the lowest 18-hole score of her career, a mark which she previously set earlier this year at the MSU Greenbrier Invitational when she shot back-to-back rounds of 72.
Next up for the Bisons was Rachael McMahan, who finished just outside the top-5 in sole possesion of sixth place. The senior carded rounds of 76 and 74 for a total of 10-over, 150.
Freshman Mary Kate Smith ended her first day of competition by just missing the top-10, as she is in 11th at 153 (78-75).
Sarah Hinton and Kaylee Wu round out the rest of the starting lineup for Lipscomb with Hinton in 18th at 156 and Wu tied for 19th at 158.
Hinton had quite the turnaround from round one to round two as she was able to move up 17 spots on the leaderboard by posting a second round score of 73, which followed her first round score of 83. Wu shot back-to-back rounds of 79, respectively.
"The girls did not start well today," head coach Jesse Lawley said. "This was the first time it's been really cold when we teed-off and I truly believe it hurt us. However, the really heated-up on the second 18 today. We just continued to grind and push through it. And today we broke the school record, which was awesome to do in the second round even with playing 36 today.
"Shoutout to the girls and our training staff because playing well in the second round of 36-holes goes back to conditioning and just the will to want to play well, even when the tank is close to empty. We have a slim lead heading into tomorrow and hopefully we pick up right where we left off and play well in the last round tomorrow."
Lipscomb will look to hold on to its lead and take home its second title this year as the tournament will conclude with the third and final round tomorrow.
1. Lipscomb, 310-293=603
2. Butler, 301-311=612
3. Evansville, 309-309=618
4. Indiana State, 317-303=620
5. Loyola-Chicago, 314-313=627
6. Western Illinois, 316-313=629
7. Chicago State, 333-334=667
8. Marian, 335-349=684
T1. Emily Keeling, 77-71=148
6. Rachael McMahan, 76-74=150
11. Mary Kate Smith, 78-75=153
18. Sarah Hinton, 83-73=156
T19. Kaylee Wu, 79-79=158