Knoxville, Tenn. The Alabama women’s golf team shot a second round score of 301 (+17) to sit in seventh place after day two of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships. The Tide post an overall score of +21 at the par-71, 5,932 yard Cherokee Country Club.
Kathleen Ekey continued her brilliance in Knoxville, by maintaining her lead with a 1-under 70. Ekey now has a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of competition. The junior recorded three birdies and 13 pars to set herself up for the individual title.
Courtney Harter tallied a 3-over 74 in her second day of action. Harter used a solid back-nine by sinking all three of her birdies to finish tied for 56th with a 10-over 152 after two rounds. The freshman improved 14 places after the day.
Sarah Sturm finished round two with a 7-over 78. Sturm had trouble on the front but was able to sink seven pars on the back to finish the round tied for 32nd with a 7-over 149.
Helena Blomberg shot an 8-over 79 to finish the day tied for 45th. The sophomore sank two birdies to put together a two-round score of 9-over 151. Camilla Lennarth tallied a second round score of 10-over 81 to finish the round tied for 83rd. Lennarth has a two-day score of 16-over 168.
Playing as an individual, junior Laura Goodwin finished the round with a 7-over 78. Goodwin helped her cause on the back nine with an eagle on the par-5 16th and a birdie on 17. Goodwin sits tied for 71st with a two-round score of 12-over 154.
The University of Florida leads the competition after two days with a 9-over 577. Sandra Gal of Florida trails Ekey by two strokes.
The Tide will close out the Collegiate Championships in the third and final round on Sunday. First tee-time is scheduled for 9 a.m. from the Cherokee Country Club.