Lennartsson Eyes Lead – Racers Third at JSU Golf Event

Alexandra Lennartsson enters Tuesday's final round two shots behind the leaders. || Photo courtesy of Sports Information

Alexandra Lennartsson enters Tuesday’s final round two shots behind the leaders. || Photo courtesy of Sports Information

The Murray State women’s golf team had a spot in third place after the second round of the Chris Bannister Classic at Silver Lakes Golf Club in Glencoe, Ala. The 54-hole event, the season opener for the Racers, ends with the final round Tuesday.

MSU managed a 313 Monday after they started the event Sunday with a 301. Their 614 total was behind first place Texas State (590) and second place Middle Tennessee (602). MSU was one shot clear of fourth place Lamar (615). The rest of the field was rounded out by fifth place and host, Jacksonville State (632), Western Kentucky (645), Belmont (647), Lipsscomb (657), Tennessee Tech (666), and Northern Kentucky (674).

Alexandra Lennartsson was the top Racer through 36 holes with a spot in sixth place after scores of 72-76=148, while Delaney Howson was in ninth place in the field of 61 players with scores of 74-75=149. Alli Weaver carded scores of 76-80=156 and was in 14th place. Abbi Stamper had scores of 80-82=162 for a spot in 30th place, while Sophie Hillier was in 37th place after scores of 79-86=166.

With the race for medalist honors wide open, Lennartsson starts Tuesday’s final round just two shots off the pace of co-leaders Valdis Jonsdottir of Texas State (74-72=146) and Middle Tennessee’s Emily Williams who shot identical rounds as Jonsdottir.

MSU has Gina Nuzzo and Ashlyn Bechtold playing the event as individuals. Nuzzo had a spot in 35th place with rounds of 80-84=164, while Bechtold was in 59th place after scores of 89-95=184.

The Racers will be able to keep an eye of the teams they’re pursuing in the final as they are paired with Texas State and MTSU.

Murray State is in the JSU tournament for the first time since 2008 and has won the event once in 2002.

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