NINETY-SIX, S.C. -- Third-seeded Charleston Southern jumped out to an eight-shot lead through the first 18 holes of the 2008 Big South Conference Women's Golf Championship on Monday, April 14. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being contested at The Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C., with the champion earning the League's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals.
The opening round of the tournament was played under chilly conditions with the temperature hovering between 45-50 degress, overcast skies and light breeze, making the course more difficult. Playing the first round with just four players due to illness to Kinsey Green, the Lady Bucs still had three players among the top six and shot 305 in the first round, with Olivia Jordan-Higgins leading all competitors with a 1-over 73. With four players in the top 10, top-seeded Coastal Carolina is second at 313, while Winthrop sits in third at 317. Radford is in fourth at 326, with Bucknell (330), High Point (335) and Holy Cross (358) rounding out the field. Future Big South member Presbyterian is competing, but is not eligible for the championship and finished with a 366 on the first 18.
In addition to Jordan-Higgins, teammate Katrin Rumpf and Radford's Hannah Coles tied for second with a 3-over 75. Rounding out the top five are Coastal Carolina's Aruka Felgueroso and Winthrop's Sara Hester in a tie for fourth at 4-over 76.
Round 2 is Tuesday, April 15 with all groups going off No. 1 at 8:00am. The scores from round one kept the team pairings the same for the second 18, with Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop playing in the final groups of the day. The championship concludes Wednesday morning with the final round beginning at 8:00am.