TEGA CAY -- The Winthrop women's golf team dropped to third place after round two of The Shamrock Intercollegiate, but gained ground on first-place Charleston Southern and now only trails by two strokes heading into the final round on Sunday.
The Lady Eagles shot the exact same number they did in the first round with a combined 310 by Jutta Degerman, Sara Hester, Rachel Smith and Allison Itria, but fell one spot to third place as Princeton made a big move by jumping from a fourth-place tie with Iowa on Friday to second place by gaining nine strokes on Charleston Southern as it teamed up for a 303, the best round of the day. Winthrop tied for the second lowest at 310 with Murray State.
Degerman shot a second-round 79 and fell three strokes back of Susannah Aboff of Princeton, who fired the low round of the day with a 69 and leads at +3. After round one, Aboff was seven strokes back. Degerman has a one-shot advantage over Rhiannon Loebs of Charleston Southern for second place.
Hester had the second-lowest round of the day for Winthrop as she finished with a 76 and moved up to a tie for seventh place at +11 and Rachel Smith had the team low of the day with a 74, a 10 shot improvement from her opening round. Smith is now tied for 14th at +14.
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Murray State moved into fourth place and is followed by Iowa, Xavier, USC Upstate, Siena College, South Dakota State, Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, St. Francis, The Citadel and Tennessee State.
Winthrop will look to overcome a two-stroke deficit heading into today's final round and defend its 2007 title. Today's final round will be a shotgun start with all teams teeing off at 8:30 a.m.