Kane’ohe, Hawaii – Leslie Cloots had four straight birdies and Kelly Whaley had three birdies in four holes to lead a second round charge for Carolina at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii. The team had a 15-over par first round that was followed with a 1-over par second round.
Whaley’s second round 2-under par 70 was the best round of the day for Carolina. After a double-bogey on her fourth hole of the round, she played the rest of the course in 4-under par. Earlier in the day Whaley had posted a 4-over par 76. Whaley is tied for 17th in the individual competition.
Brynn Walker led the team’s effort in the first round, opening the tournament with 14 straight pars. Walker shot a 3-over par 75 in the first round and built on that effort with an even-par 72 in the afternoon, her fifth round of par or lower on the season. Individually, Walker is tied for 25th after the first two rounds.
Senior Leslie Cloots a 4-over par 76 in the morning and followed it with a 1-over par 73 in the afternoon. Notably, her second round was highlighted by birdies on Nos. 6-9 to get her round to 1-under par at the time.
The team was in 13th place after their first round before the second round’s score of 289 led to a rise to ninth on the leaderboard. The 289 was the team’s best score of the spring season and best overall since Carolina won the Cougar Classic back in October.
Texas A&M leads the team competition at 4-under par, 20 shots ahead of Carolina. Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M leads the individual medalist competition by one shot at 6-under par.
The final round will begin tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. HT (2:00 p.m. EDT). Carolina will be teeing off holes No. 9-12 in a shotgun format. Live scoring is available on GolfStat and a full recap will be posted following the round.