Bears Move Up on Second Day at Kiawah Island



After opening the spring season with a rough outing Sunday (Feb. 22), the Missouri State women's golf team rebounded Monday to improve 16 strokes and three places in the standings from the previous day at the Edwin Watts Kiawah Island Women's Golf Classic at Kiawah Island, S.C..  Playing in calmer conditions on the par 72 Cougar Point Course at Kiawah Island Resort, the Bears shot 318 after opening with 334 at the windy Oak Point Course for a 652 total and a tie for 32nd place in the 43-team field.

Freshman Kelsey Welber led the Bears in the second round, carding 78 after Sunday's 82, and is tied for 94th along with teammate Catherine Dolan, who recorded 80-80--160 after two rounds.  Junior Stacey Rodger is tied for 130th with 83-81--164, while senior Amy Phalajivin bounced back Monday with 79 after an opening 89 for a 168 total and a tied for 158th.  Senior Lindsey Wellenstein went 93-82--175 and is tied for 195th.  A trio of players are tied for the overall lead after 36 holes with 146 totals -- Mary Kate Bird of Nebraska, Elisa Aoki of Central Florida, and Jessica Yadloczky of Florida.

Miami holds a one-stroke lead over East Tennessee State entering the final round, 605-606.  Central Arkansas is third with 610, followed by Mississippi 611, Florida 612, Central Florida 613, Kentucky 614, College of Charleston and Western Carolina 617, and South Florida rounding out the top 10 with 618.

Tuesday's final round is slated for a 9:15 a.m. (EST) shotgun start with Missouri State playing on the Oak Point Course.



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