The Eastern Kentucky University women’s golf team is within three shots of winning its third straight Ohio Valley Conference Championship and sophomore Elsa Moberly holds the individual lead by one shot after the second round today.
Moberly followed an OVC record-tying first round 4-under 68 with a 70 in round two and moved from a tie for first into sole possession of the lead. The Somerset, Kentucky native has a two round total of 138. She got off to a strong start and was 1-under after seven before shooting a two on the par-3 No. 8 and another birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at 3-under. She mixed in two bogeys and a birdie with six pars on the back nine to finish 2-under for the round.
As a team, the Colonels began the day tied for first with Murray State University after both teams established a new conference record with first round scores of 286. The Racers were three shots better on Tuesday, firing a 290 compared to Eastern’s 293. No other team is within 18 shots of the top two.
The 2017 OVC Championship is being contested at Hampton Cove on The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. The course has par of 72 is playing to 6,050 yards.
Freshman Samantha Sandland followed a 2-under first round with a 3-over 75 during the second round. She sits in sixth place with a total of 145.
Sofie Levin torched the first nine holes. She had four birdies and five pars to make the turn at 4-under. A bogey and two doubles on the back nine left the senior 1-over for the round (73). The 2015 OVC individual medalist is seventh with a 36-hole total of 146.
Amanda Lindahl (150) is tied for 11th and Hannabeth Owens (167) is 37th overall.
Jacksonville State (597) is third, 18 shots behind the Colonels. Austin Peay (613), Belmont (617), Morehead State (618), Tennessee Tech (618), Eastern Illinois (666) and Tennessee State (677) round out the field.
Eastern Kentucky will begin teeing off for the final round on Wednesday at 10:40 a.m. ET.
EKU has won three of the last four OVC Championships. The Colonels won in 2013 by one shot over Jacksonville State. Eastern placed second in 2014, two shots behind Murray State. The Colonels edged Jacksonville State by one shot again in 2015. Last year, EKU beat the field by 18 strokes. Eastern Kentucky also captured the OVC title in 1996.
2. Eastern Kentucky 286-290 – 576 (+3)
1. Elsa Moberly 68-70 – 138
6. Samantha Sandland 70-75 – 145
7. Sofie Levin 73-73 – 146
T11. Amanda Lindahl 75-75 – 150
37. Hannabeth Owens 86-81 – 167
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