NINETY-SIX -- First-round leader Olivia Jordan-Higgins of Charleston Southern was one of six players to card the low round of the day -- 76, and she remained in first place with a two-round score of 149 (+5) following Tuesday's second-round action of the Big South Women's Golf Championship, which is being played at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor (par-72, 5,950 yards).
Jordan-Higgins has a three-shot lead over Winthrop's Sara Hester (152) and a six-shot lead over third-place Aruka Felgueroso (155) of Coastal Carolina entering today's final round. The three players are paired in the final grouping of the day.
Charleston Southern shot a 316 Tuesday, the third-lowest team aggregate score of the round but enough to keep the Lady Buccaneers in first place with a 36-hole total of 621. CSU is six strokes ahead of Coastal Carolina, which posted a 314 team aggregate for a two-day total of 627. The Lady Chanticleers have a one stroke lead over Winthrop (628), which fired the lowest team round of the day with a 311.
Hester, High Point's Ann Marie Dalton, Charleston Southern's Madison Jeter, Coastal Carolina's Rachel Graves and Winthrop's Brittany Dabule matched Jordan-Higgins' 76 Tuesday. Hester, Dalton and Coastal's Alicia Grier each posted three birdies on the day to lead all participants. Grier's three birdies occurred on the front nine and she was 1-under par after nine holes before finishing with an 80. She is the tournament leader with five birdies.
Radford and associate women's golf member Bucknell are tied for fourth-place at 658, while High Point sits in sixth-place at 666. Associate member Holy Cross is seventh at 713, while future Big South member Presbyterian has a two-round score of 738. The Blue Hose's results do not officially count in the individual or team standings as part of its transition to Division I.
Final-round action of the Big South Women's Golf Championship begins at 8 a.m. today and is free and open to the public.