April 6, 2013

Hall, Upstate Second at Bradley Invitational

Spartanburg, S.C. – The USC Upstate women's golf team shot the lowest round of the day in the second round and stands one stroke behind tournament leader Bradley, while Spartan standout Amanda Hall is second on the leaderboard after the first day of the Bradley Invitational Saturday.

Upstate opened the tournament with a 328 and was in third place heading into the second round of the day. The Spartans shot a 314, the lowest round of the tournament, to vault into second place and turned in a 642 total for the day. The Spartans will enter the final round of the 54-hole tournament Sunday just one stroke behind Bradley (641).

Western Illinois is third at 649 and is followed by Northern Iowa (654), Indiana State (655) and Illinois-Chicago (691).

"I couldn't be more thrilled with our effort today," said Upstate head coach Todd Lawton. "This is the first 36-hole day where we have thrived and improved in the second round. The conditions were difficult today with high wind gusts, but our energy was terrific. This is a great opportunity for us to look at what we can accomplish."

Hall (Tega Cay, S.C.) was one of four Spartans who improved their score from the first round to the second. She carded rounds of 80 and 74 on Saturday and stands second with a 154 total. She trails tournament leader Danielle Lemek (Bradley), who enters Sunday's final round with a 148 total.

Taylor Barnes (Spartanburg, S.C.) is in fourth place after rounds of 82 and 75 Saturday, three strokes back of Hall with a 157 total. Her effort has two Upstate players in the Top 5.

"Amanda and Taylor aggressively sought the pin and made some birdies today, especially in the second round," said Lawton. "We have another day to go, and then a lot of work to do before the A-Sun Championships. But, today was exciting and the competitive spirit we should was very nice to see."

In addition to Hall and Barnes, Rachel Reiling (Littleton, Colo.) is the third Spartan in the Top 10 on the individual leaderboard. She shot rounds of 81 and 80 and is in eighth place. Malika Allie (Cape Town, South Africa) shot rounds of 85 and 85 and is 20th, while Brittany Lowe (Spartanburg, S.C.) is 31st with rounds of 89 and 86.

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