JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (MERCER RELEASE) – The Mercer women's golf team posted a team score of 302 in Saturday's second round of the Eat a Peach Collegiate to maintain a healthy lead on the field at Pine Lakes Golf Course. Freshman Katy Harris fired the day's low round, carding an even-par 72 to move into a tie for first place with teammate Lacey Fears.
Mercer's two-day total of 595 leads Seminole State by 29 strokes, while Florida Gulf Coast (629) and USC Upstate (643) are third and fourth, respectively. Entering Sunday's final round, Mercer players occupy each of the top six spots on the individual leaderboard.
"The top five could have scored better today," Mercer head coach Gary Guyer said. "We are hitting the ball well and our scrambling is very good. We need to start making our birdie putts. It is so easy to be protective of birdie putts and not make an aggressive putt. We are proving each day in becoming comfortable with the ball going past the hole.'
Harris' second-straight even par round places her and Fears five strokes ahead of junior Sarah Louie Brown and freshman Haley Austin, who are tied for third place at 150. Both Brown and Austin shot 77 on Saturday.
Senior Mary Alice Murphy is tied with freshman Macy McRaney for fifth place at 151. Murphy signed for a 75 on Saturday while McRaney posted a 73.
Freshman Marin Hanna and sophomore Meredith Owen are tied for 14th place after both golfers shot 80 for the second consecutive day.
"Our individuals continue to play well," Guyer said. "Our four lowest scores each day over the first two rounds puts us at six-over par. "
The final round of the Eat a Peach Collegiate is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. start on Sunday.